What is Radon?
• Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the decay of uranium deposits in the soil and rock.
What are the Health Effects of Radon?
• Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon causes 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the country each year.
• Radon can be inhaled in the lungs, where it undergoes radioactive decay. As it decays, radon releases burst of energy called alpha particles, which can harm sensitive lung tissue by damaging DNA. This damaged DNA can lead to lung cancer
Where is Radon found?
• The primary source of high levels of radon in homes is the surrounding soil, however radon can also be found in well water. Hot spots include basements, first-floor rooms and garages.
• Radon has been found to be elevated levels in homes in every state, and EPA estimates that as many as one in 15 homes across the U.S. have elevated radon levels.
• Testing in Marion County for 2011/2012 indicated that approximately 42% were above the EPA radon action level. No area in the country is free from risk.
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