When most people hear the word radon during Radon Awareness Month, they get a puzzled or blank look on their faces. The majority of the public knows very little about radon. Even if they have heard of it, they probably don’t really understand it. During National Radon Month, it is a great time to take a close look at what exactly radon is.
Radon is a naturally occurring chemical element. It is found on the periodic table at atomic number 86. As people discover during National Radon Month, radon exists in nature as a gas. It is a gas that has no color, odor or taste. The fact that it is so hard to detect is part of the frightening message that is spread about it during National Radon Month.
The information distributed during National Radon Action Month lets people know that radon is found throughout the world. It is created when the uranium that is found in most soil decays. This decaying uranium releases radon gas into the soil. The radon gas slowly makes its way to the surface. National Radon Month lets us know that most radon is simply released into the atmosphere, where it is quickly diluted and made harmless. http://www.youtube.com/
The danger of radon and the reason for American Radon Testing Month is that some of this radon gas does not get harmlessly diluted by the atmosphere. Some radon gets into houses through cracks in the houses’ foundations or walls. The scary thing that people learn during National Radon Month is that this radon does not go away naturally once it is inside a house. Instead, it just sits there and continues to build up in concentration as more and more radon comes into the house.
Dangers of Radon Discovered during National Radon Action Month:
The problem with radon found by most people during National Radon Month is that it is the second-leading cause of fatal lung cancer. Because so many people haven’t been exposed to the message about radon during National Radon Month, they don’t realize how dangerous it is. According to Ross Aton, a certified radon specialist with SWAT Environmental: "Radon problems can only be identified by conducting a test. Human senses cannot detect it." Mr. Aton's firm, S.W.A.T. Environmental (the single largest radon mitigation franchise in the United States) installs upwards of 10,000 systems each year to correct radon problems in homes, schools, apartments, condos, and other structures.
National Radon Month lets people know how important it is to test their homes regularly for the presence of radon. There are two types of radon tests that can be performed during National Radon Awareness Month. A short-term radon test can be done in two or three days during National Radon Month. A long-term radon test can be started during National Radon Month, but it will take a couple of months to finish. Both types of radon tests should be performed by homeowners during National Radon Action Month. These tests are important to prevent needless lung cancer cases.
For more information about National Radon Action Month, contact SWAT Environmental at 1-800-NO-RADON or visit www.RadonMonth.org.