Dangers of Radon

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. This is one of the reasons this radioactive element is so dangerous. Unlike a natural gas leak, you can't smell radon or detect it without a test. Although it's easy to forget about a dangerous element like this, radon can pose a health danger to any family. Radon is a danger that naturally occurs when the common radioactive element uranium decays. Because of its radioactivity, radon poses a serious health threat. The main danger of radon is its link to lung cancer, because it is an easily inhaled gas that can leak up from the ground soil.

Top Five Ways Radon Poses a Danger at Home:

1. Radon in Living spaces close to a home's foundation - Because radon can leak through cracks in foundation, excessive time in ground floor or basement rooms can easily expose residents to radon gas.

2. Radon and Basement ventilation systems - Ventilation systems such as heating furnaces that draw air from the basement can spread radon gas through many floors of a home, exposing everyone in the home to the dangerous radon gas, no matter how many floors above ground they reside.

3. Radon and Flooring - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that gaps in flooring, even in multi-story homes can allow radon to pose a health threat to residents.

4. Radon and Pipes - The EPA also says that radon gas can be a danger from gaps around piping, which can funnel dangerous radon gas up to many rooms in a home.

Attend a Radon Risk Informational Event
 to find out more about the latest advances in eliminating the radon danger from your home. The 2014 International Radon Symposium, running from September 28 to October 1, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina. Here leading scientists and health care officials will discuss the latest on solving the radon problem across the country. It will also be a chance for consumers to learn the best methods for home testing and removal of dangerous radon gas from the air.

For more information about Radon:

EPA: How to Lower the Radon Levels in Your Home
Wikipedia: Radon

Builders, homeowners and renters seeking more information on Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation should contact a certified radon specialist. Next Step Environmental Services LLC is an excellent resource for self-testing materials, professional inspections and effective and economical remediation. 

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