A large portion of Nebraska is at risk of radon exposure. It’s important to not only inform yourself about radon but to protect your family and employees from this dangerous gas.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It ranks only behind smoking cigarettes. You must have your home or business checked for radon to protect the people that live and work there.
What is Radon?
Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas that is created when thorium, uranium, or radium break down in the soil and groundwater. Radon can enter buildings through cracks in concrete slabs or the earth if the basement or crawlspace has a dirt floor. We’re always exposed to it, but when it is contained in a structure, it can be concentrated enough to cause us harm.
According to a study from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General’s office, more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States are caused by exposure to radon gas. The radioactive gas particles can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe it in. It may take years for health problems to appear, but these particles will increase the risk of lung cancer.
What are Your Chances of Radon Causing Lung Cancer?
There are a lot of variables that determine if someone gets lung cancer, but there are certain factors that can increase your chances:
- Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or other tobacco products
- The amount of radon in your building and the areas you spend the most time
- If you use a fireplace or use wood or coal to heat your building
- The amount of time you spend inside the building
If your home or business has a radon level at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) you need to take steps to reduce the amount of radon you’re exposed to. Quickly find a reputable company that provides radon mitigation services, like Jerry’s Waterproofing.
First Step is to Test for Radon
You need to know how much radon is in your home or business so that you know what you are dealing with. It is easy to test your home or business. If you want to do it yourself, follow this link to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. They have information about purchasing a radon test kit.
If you would be more comfortable having a professional test your home, you can contact a professional like Jerry’s Waterproofing or contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. You can also look into a national radon proficiency program: