What Is Radon?
Where Does Radon Come From?
There cannot be a perfect answer for this question because since radioactive elements are present everywhere in the soil, it virtually is present everywhere. However, the density with which it is present in the open atmosphere is quite less to what is found inside the home and the buildings and this is where it becomes very dangerous.
Radon gas enters the premises of house from almost anywhere – be it the cracks on the walls and the floors or the joints of the building frame or simply from the very acute space between pipes and lines – As a result, keeping radon out of your home requires strict attention and good ventilation system that will help mitigate the gas to exterior. The extent of radon is usually high in the basement side or any other crawling space where the ventilation is usually low.
Is Radon Gas Dangerous?
Radon gas is quite harmful according to Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and The U.S. Surgeon General standards even in low concentration. It is one of the leading causes of lungs cancer in the country and one of the leading causes of deaths as well. Breathing in the air where there is even little concentration of it, you create a passage for radon and decay products to get inside your lungs. These little particles when inside, release small bursts of energy that damages lung’s tissue DNA that leads to lung cancer. It is equally harmful for both adults and children. However, since children are in a growing phase, have a high respiration rate and are undergoing pacey growth of cells, they are the ones who are most affected because of radon.