How Common Is Radon?

how common is radonRadon is a naturally occurring, radioactive cancer-causing gas. That’s why radon removal and radon testing is so important. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium. Radon is found everywhere in the environment. It has been discovered in every state making it a national environmental problem. Radon is common enough for it to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is estimated that around 21,000 people die from lung cancer each year due to radon. It is dangerous enough for the Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Carmona, to issue a Health Advisory about the health risk from radon exposure, urging American families to have their homes tested for radon and the possible threat it might be to them.

Why Is Radon A Threat To Your Health?

Radon is problematic because people cannot see it, smell it or taste it. However radon is within the confines of your home. Children may be even more sensitive to the gas than adults simply because their inhalation is greater. The main manner in which people are exposed to radon is through inhalation and ingestion. Radon is found in the ground, igneous rock, building materials and groundwater. Upon decaying, it disintegrates into the environment. There are no symptoms attached to radon exposure that will alert a person to any imminent threat to health making it even more dangerous gone untested. For this reason the Surgeon General, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Lung Association, the American Medical Association and the National Safety Council recommend testing a home for its radon levels. Testing is the only way to know the levels to which a home is exposed.

Advanced Radon Systems can tell you your family’s exposure to radon in your home and whether or not your Colorado Springs home needs radon mitigation. The state of Colorado has one of the highest levels of radon in the United States. Brandon Atha, President of Advanced Radon Systems of Colorado Springs, a BBB A+ member since 2007, is a reliable and trusted company experienced in the installation of cost effective mitigation systems in the state of Colorado. He and his employees want the opportunity to make every Colorado home environment as secure and as free from radon as possible. They offer a no-obligation, no-cost quote for their consultation.