- Radon sickness statistics in the U.S.
- What radon actually is
- How radon gets into your home
And much more!
Radon is a radioactive gas existing in homes across the United States. The gas is produced from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air we breathe. Radon is the primary cause of cancer among non-smokers.
But can you easily determine how much of it is in your home? Can you do anything to reduce the amount of radon in your home? These are among the several questions that we want to answer in this article.
Some Quick Statistics
Here are some quick statistics to give you an idea of the extent of the radon challenge:
- Radon cases around 21,000 deaths annually.
- Out of the estimated 21,000 deaths caused by radon each year, 2,900 occur to people that have never smoked.
- For every 15 homes in the US, one is estimated to have high levels of radon.
- The level of radon in any place is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends that any home or office measuring above 4.0 pCi/L needs to be fixed immediately. Those measuring between 2.0 pCi/L and 4.0 pCi/L need to be fixed soon.
- The estimated average radon level in the US is 1.3 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) indoors and 0.4 pCi/L outdoors.
- Some radon reduction systems can reduce levels by up to 99%.