Health Effects of Exposure to Indoor Radon

27 Feb

Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer? No? Neither did we.radonhouse

Following up November’s newsletter on indoor air quality, below is more information on how to keep your home safe from pollutants such as radon.

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon gas in the indoor air of America’s homes poses a serious health risk. More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year. Millions of homes have an elevated radon level. If you also smoke, your risk of lung cancer is much higher.

radon_checklistThe good news is, testing is inexpensive and easy and solutions are available. According to a study by the California Geologic Survey, indoor-radon testing should be encouraged in Santa Cruz County as high and moderate radon potential zones account for 52.5 percent of the county. More resources and information on where to get a radon test kit are available at the link below.

More resources and information on where to get a radon test kit.