Though you may not even realize it, you could be breathing in a dangerous radioactive gas right in your home. Radon forms when radium, thorium or uranium break down in the soil or groundwater. It can seep through cracks in your home’s foundation, exposing you to it constantly when it is present. The effects of radon will usually not manifest for several years, but it can lead to lung cancer and other respiratory problems. It is critical to detect and prevent this gas and have radon protection in your home.
Reduce Your Risks
People who smoke have a greater chance of developing cancer from radon exposure. Also, the amount of radon in your home and how much time you spend there determines your risk of developing the disease and other health problems. If you burn fuels at home such as wood and cool, it will increase the number of particles in the air. This will also elevate your exposure to radon and its effects.
Test for Radon
Fortunately, there are ways you can measure radon levels in your home. At-home kits can effectively test the amount of this gas in your home. Simply place the device in your home, leave it there for at least 90 days, and send it to a laboratory to read the results.
Get More Air Flowing
A simple way to get radon protection in your home is to increase the ventilation. Opening windows and using fans will move air through your home and can temporarily remove the gas.
Because radon enters your home through gaps from the ground outside, it is important to close these entry points. Use caulk and other sealing agents to shore up the plaster in your walls and floors. A professional can make sure you address all areas of your home.
Follow these radon protection steps to decrease your chances of getting sick from this gas. You can have greater peace of mind knowing you are protecting yourself and loved ones.