Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colorless and odorless. Radon is naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts. Outdoors, radon disperses rapidly and, generally, is not a health issue. Most radon exposure occurs inside homes, schools and workplaces. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Indoor radon can be controlled and managed with proven, cost-effective techniques.
What Are The Risks?
Breathing radon over time increases your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Nationally, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
What is Mitigation?
Radon mitigation is a process used to reduce radon gas concentrations in the breathing zones of occupied buildings. Mitigation of radon in the air is accomplished through ventilation, either collected below a concrete floor slab or a membrane on the ground, or by increasing the air changes per hour in the building.
Who Should Be Concerned?
Anyone living in a home could have dangerous levels of radon and have no idea. Many people find out during a real estate transaction -relating to a home inspection including a radon air check. Don't wait until you're buying or selling to check the safety of the air in your home!