Radon is a tasteless, odourless and invisible radioactive gas that results from decaying uranium, and is a leading cause of lung cancer.
Radon filters up from the ground and into the air. It can enter buildings through openings where the buildings contact the ground. In the outdoors, radon is diluted to low levels. Inside buildings, however, radon can build up to harmful, concentrated levels. Breathing increased levels of radon increases a person’s chance of developing lung cancer. In fact, Radon is linked to 16% of lung cancer deaths. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk for radon inhalation, and any building that has contact with the ground has the potential to have high radon levels, including houses, apartments, schools, daycares, warehouses and commercial spaces.
Reduce your radon – reduce your risk.
What you can do
Start with radon testing. No building is radon free. By hiring a Certified Radon Measurement Professional to measure radon levels in the air you are taking the first steps of preventing lung cancer in your family or occupants of the building.
For Real Estate Agents
Should you be worried about the sale of a home due to being tested for Radon remember, the health of both current and prospective homeowners is paramount.
As no two homes are likely to test equally, the presumption that the house next door was tested and came in at a low or high concentration would result in the house next to it to have the same results.
The cost for mitigating a home may range upwards to $3,000.00, this can either be taken on by the current owner, the purchaser or maybe even split between the parties.
Please remember that the health of our citizens is paramount! Just because the owners are not smokers does not mean that long term effects of high radon exposure will not cause deadly Lung Cancer!