WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
Health Canada has excellent information on this potentially dangerous gas.
To learn more follow this link:
HOW CAN RADON GET INTO MY HOME?
The air pressure inside your home is usually lower than in the soil
surrounding the foundation. This difference in pressure draws air
and other gases, including radon, from the soil into your home.
Radon can enter a home any place it finds an opening where the
house contacts the soil: cracks in foundation walls and in floor
slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes, support posts,
window casements, floor drains, sumps or cavities inside walls.
WHAT ARE THE RADON LEVELS IN CANADA?
Radon is found across Canada, because it occurs naturally in
soil. Concentrations differ greatly, but are usually higher in areas
where there is a higher amount of uranium in underlying rock and
soil. Some amount of radon is found in almost every home, but
concentration levels will vary from one house to another, even if
they are similar and next door to each other. The ONLY way to be sure of the radon level in your home is to TEST.
WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium
in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless.
When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is
diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces like
homes, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be
a risk to the health of you and your family.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF RADON?
Radon gas breaks down or decays to form radioactive elements that
can be inhaled into the lungs. In the lungs, decay continues, creating
radioactive particles that release small bursts of energy. This energy
is absorbed by nearby lung tissue, damaging the lung cells. When
cells are damaged, they have the potential to result in cancer when
Exposure to high levels of radon in indoor air results in an increased
risk of developing lung cancer. The risk of cancer depends on the
level of radon and how long a person is exposed to those levels.
Exposure to radon and tobacco use together can significantly
increase your risk of lung cancer. For example, if you are a lifelong
smoker, your risk of getting lung cancer is 1 in 10. If you add
long‑term exposure to a high level of radon, your risk becomes
1 in 3.
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