According to the EPA. Radon is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the U.S., second only to first-hand smoking. In fact, radon causes more than 21,000 deaths per year.
In fact, we are more likely to be killed by radon than a house fire. We have smoke alarms in our home to protect ourselves and our family, but what about for radon?
With such a high risk, testing your home when purchasing it is critical. The EPA also recommends testing your home every 5 years to make sure the levels haven’t changed (which they often do).
What is Radon
Radon is a colorless odorless gas that comes from decomposing radioactive material in the earth – namely uranium. Radon is actually a naturally occurring substance, and it was one of the first radioactive substances found on the periodic table.
Radon has been known for over 500 years. It was discovered when workers would become ill in mines several hundred years ago. After a
Here in Maryland, especially in the Baltimore and Bel Air areas, radon is a particular issue. We have some areas here that are considered to be “hot spots”.
As we mentioned before, radon causes cancer. It causes primarily lung cancer, but also things like stomach cancer and other issues.