According to an article posted by TheReddingPilot, homeowners are urged to test their homes for radon gas. Having radon gas present in your home is a major concern for health risks.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging people to test their homes for radon gas, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States. Federal health officials estimate that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed from the natural decay of uranium, is found in rock, soil and water. While radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low threat to human health, radon can enter homes from the surrounding soil, and become a health hazard inside buildings.
“Radon is present at elevated levels in about one out of every five homes in Connecticut,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin. “However, because you can’t see or smell radon, people often are unaware there might be a silent killer in their homes.”
Radon gas can be found in any home or building, including schools and offices. Scientists have long been concerned about the health risk of radon, but never before has there been such overwhelming evidence that exposure to elevated levels of radon increases a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.
DPH and the United States Environmental Protection Agency recommend that homes with radon levels at 4.0 pCi/L or higher should be fixed. However, radon exposure at any level poses some health risk; therefore, homeowners may want to consider reducing radon levels that are greater than 2.0 pCi/L.
Breathing radon over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk. If you smoke and your home has radon, your risk of lung cancer can be higher. Because radon does not have an odor or cause symptoms, you may not know you are exposed. As such, all Connecticut homes should be tested for radon and action should be taken to reduce high levels.
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