Radon is a gas that is created from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in our soil, water and rock. It sneaks into your home through cracks in your solid floors and other holes in your foundation.
Radon can be found in old homes and new construction. Do not think you are ok when you are at work or when your children are are at school? Think again, radon has been found in our schools, office buildings and in Daycare buildings all over Ohio.
Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas that you cannot see. A Citizens Guide to Radon States;
Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA’s 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). The numbers of deaths from other causes are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2005-2006 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2006 National Safety Council Reports.
Columbus and central Ohio are listed as areas in the highest potential column for radon.
This does not mean that your home has radon; it just states that you are living in an area that has the potential for radon to be present. You should get your home tested for radon just to be sure and to get peace of mind.
Let’s face it, life is precious, let’s do all we can to protect it.
Stay tuned for “radon in the Columbusarea part 2.