What We Need to Know About Radon Gas …Compliments of …..Radiation Safety Institute Of Canada

Thu, 07 Apr by Ken MacAulay

“Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that is produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in the ground and can get into your home undetected and increases your risk of developing lung cancer. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it.

Radon

Home Radon Testing
Factors that control the distribution and movement of radon and typical entry routes into a home for the radon, from Natural Resources Canada

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in the ground and can get into your home undetected through foundation cracks and similar unsealed openings. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it. The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada, Health Canada, the US Environmental Protection Agency and most European countries recommend testing your home for the presence of radon gas.

What are the Risks?

Long-term exposure, especially for smokers, to elevated levels of radon in the home increases your risk of developing lung cancer. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.  According to Health Canada, an estimated 16% of lung cancer deaths among Canadians are attributable to indoor radon exposure.

 

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