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The Silent Killer: Radon

  • Date: 06-2022

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas detectable in trace amounts in the atmosphere.

Radon gas is inert, colorless, odorless; completely undetectable. Outdoors, radon disperses rapidly and, generally, is not a health issue. However, inside homes, schools and workplaces, radon gas can build up and have serious health consequences.

According to EPA estimates, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers – killing thousands of Americans every year.

The primary source of radon is from uranium. Uranium is present naturally in nearly all soil, rocks, and groundwater; although quantities do differ from place to place. Elevated radon levels have been found in every state. Over time, uranium decays into radium, which then decays directly into radon.

Any building can have high levels of radon, including new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, office buildings and schools, and homes with or without basements.

Testing is the only way to know if buildings have elevated radon levels. The EPA
recommends that all homes and schools be tested for radon, not just once and done, but every time there have been changes to a building, seismic activity, and/or every two to three years on a continuing basis.

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