Radon is a radioactive gaseous element formed by the disintegration of radium; the heaviest of the inert gasses; occurs naturally (especially in areas over granite) and is considered a hazard to health. It is invisible to our eye even you can’t smell or taste it. But it may very well be a problem in your house. A statistic shows that more than thousands of deaths occur due to radon problem.
Radon is a cancer-causing highly radioactive gas. When you breathe in, you are exposed to potential lung cancer. Do you know? Radon has been declared the second largest lungs cancer causing gas in United States.
It has been revealed that smoking cigarettes produces high radon levels. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, then your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon can be found all over the world. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets in to the air you breathe. Radon can get into any type of building, homes, offices, and schools and build up to high levels. But you and your family are most likely to get your utmost exposure in your home because that is where you spend most of your time.
To know whether your family is infected with this deadly gas or not there is simple testing exists in market. The Environmental Protection Agency along with the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. It is inexpensive and easy to do the testing and it only takes a few minutes of your time. Millions of people have already had their homes tested. Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems although it can also enter the home through well water. However, the building materials rarely cause the problem by themselves.
Day-by-day public showing interest in this deadly cancer-causing gas. You can contact your state radon office for general information about radon in your area.
While radon in water is not a problem in homes served by most public water supplies, it has been found in some well water. If you’ve tested the air in your home and found a radon problem, and your water comes from a well, contact a lab certified to measure radiation in water to have your water tested. If you’re on a public water supply and are concerned that radon may be entering your home through the water, call your public water works.
Like other environmental pollutants, there is some ambiguity about the scale of radon health risks. However, the risk of radon is more comparing to other cancer-causing substances. This is because estimates of radon risks are based on studies of cancer in humans such as underground miners.