The month of January is National Radon Action Month. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) strongly encourages homes and buildings to be tested for radon. Exposure to high concentration levels of radon can cause serious health risk. Prolonged exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in the United States.
WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally forms by the ongoing decay of uranium in soil, rocks, sediments and well or groundwater. Radon that escapes into the atmosphere is not harmful but can become very dangerous in highly concentrated, enclosed areas. Continued exposure to high concentrations of radon are harmful and can lead to health risks.
Common symptoms to radon exposure include:
- Persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Chest Pain
In extreme cases, continued exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer.
Radon gets into homes through openings or cracks in foundations or floors. Areas such as spaces between gas or water fittings provide an opportunity for radon to enter a building.
The best way to help prevent radon and reduce risk of health risks is to have a radon test done. Classic Construction can test for radon and come up with a solution if a high concentration of radon is detected. By contacting Classic Construction, you have the ability to find a solution and help prevent harmful damage.