Advanced Radon Technologies
Radon is a naturally occurring, cancer-causing radioactive gas found in toxic levels in every state. It is the leading cause of cancer among non-smokers. Radon enters homes through cracks and other openings and can be trapped at dangerous levels. One in four homes in Sedgwick County has elevated levels of radon which is why it is in need of protective equipment like the one on sale by Barrier Technologies, LLC. If a person has been exposed to radon, 75% of the radon progeny in the lungs will become harmless lead particles after 44 years. When a particle damages a cell to make it cancerous, the onset of lung cancer takes at least five years, but often takes 15 to 25 years and even longer.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colorless and odorless. Radon is naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts. Outdoors, radon disperses rapidly and, generally, is not a health issue. Most radon exposure occurs inside homes, schools and workplaces. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Indoor radon can be controlled and managed with proven, cost-effective techniques. You can take steps to reduce and control the amount of radon in your home. Testing is the only way to determine radon levels. Have your home tested, either by a professional or with a do-it-yourself home test kit. If radon levels are high, contact a certified radon service professional to fix your home. EPA guidance suggests mitigating if levels are at or above 148 Becquerls/meter3 (4 picocuries/liter). Usually, radon problems are fixed using an underground ventilation system or by increasing the rate of air changes in the building.
Radon exposure can be limited through testing and mitigation techniques. This health reminder is brought to you by Advanced Radon Technologies 640-1146