Dangers of Radon

Radon Measurement of Illinois LLC -Radon Gas SymbolWhy is radon dangerous in homes? Exposure to radon gas over a long period of time can cause severe health issues. Radon Measurement of Illinois LLC is committed to ensuring that Naperville-area homes aren't exposed to dangerous radon levels that could be harming local families. 

One of the biggest dangers of radon exposure is the threat of lung cancer. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking and ahead of secondhand smoke inhalation. Radon is the number-one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. 

Why is lung cancer one of the most common resulting effects of radon? Most radon exposure happens through inhalation. As radon in the air breaks down into other radioactive elements, called radon progeny, the tiny particles can lodge in the lining of a person's lungs, where they continue to break down and release radiation. Over time, this radiation can lead to serious radon exposure symptoms if left unchecked. 

The causal relationship between lung cancer and radon exposure was discovered when a significant percentage of underground miners were diagnosed with lung cancer. Years later, the rate of lung cancer due to radon inhalation actually led to a 2005 national health advisory, issued by U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona. Dr. Carmona's statement was also partially based on the EPA's estimation that 1 in every 15 households nationwide has elevated radon levels that meet or exceed the healthy limit of 4.0 pCi/L.

Other important points to consider:

  • Exposure to radon gas at 4.0 pCi/L makes individuals five times more likely to get cancer than to die in a car crash (according to the EPA).
  • The Surgeon General recommends that radon testing be performed every two years, unless a structural change is made to the property, which mandates a brand-new test. Radon tests should continue every two years, even if there is a mitigation system in place, to ensure safe levels.
  • In addition to the EPA and Surgeon General, the American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Council all strongly recommend radon testing to ensure health and safety at home.

Radon Measurement of Illinois LLC -Satisfaction GuaranteedTo be sure that a residential environment is safe from the dangers of radon, it is vital to call in a testing professional for regular assessments of your radon levels. In and around Naperville, Radon Measurement of Illinois LLC offers knowledgeable and skilled services. We will carry out the testing you need to ensure that your home avoids dangerous radon levels, or to make you aware of those high levels before you spend years inhaling radon progeny particles.

Call now to learn more about the symptoms of radon exposure, and to schedule an appointment for testing. 

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