What is radon?
Radon is an invisible gas formed in the Earth’s crust. It surrounds every one of us as part of the air we breathe.
Where does radon come from?
The rocks and soil beneath our homes contain traces of uranium. Over time, the uranium breaks down and forms other elements, such as radon. Modern buildings are often well-insulated to save on energy costs. However, poor air flow can allow radon to build up to high levels and cause harmful exposure. Ventilation can be improved to prevent buildup.
Why is radon testing important?
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers. Radon induced lung cancer kills more than house fires and carbon monoxide combined.
Approximately 21,000 people in the US and 20,000 in the EU die from radon-related lung cancer every year. Children are especially vulnerable, as their organs are still developing
How does radon harm us?
All our cells contain DNA, an instruction manual or blueprint for cells on how to create copies of themselves. Alpha radiation (such as radon) has a much greater effect on DNA than gamma radiation (such as x-rays). Lungs have especially sensitive tissue made of living cells that allow oxygen molecules to pass from the air we inhale into our bloodstream. When alpha-emitting substances like radon are inhaled, they can damage local cell DNA. Almost half of the radiation we are exposed to through our lives is in the form of radon.
THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF RADON!