“Radon emits alpha radiation which, when it strikes living cells, can do a lot of damage. Alpha radiation is 20 times as likely to cause cancer as are comparable amounts of beta or gamma radiation. Each radon atom produces three more alpha-emitting progeny before ending up as stable lead. A single radon atom can produce a total of four alpha particles.
But as long as alpha radiation remains outside your body, it can’t hurt you – alpha particles can’t even penetrate through the thin layer of dead skin cells to reach the living cells beneath. But since radon is a gas, if it’s in the air, we can breathe it in – that’s why people worry. But because radon is heavier than air, it tends to sink to the lowest part of a building – unless you spend a lot of time in the basement, you won’t be exposed to much of it. In a five-story apartment building, most of the tenants will be living in virtually radon-free apartments (that includes me since I live on the second floor).”
Read more about the effects of radon here.
The EPA estimates that radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths a year in the U.S. It trails only smoking as the leading cause of death from lung cancer. Short-term exposure is not the main concern, however, it’s the people that live in homes afflicted by Radon for years.
Bauer Restoration offers Radon testing and mitigation services. We follow and utilize EPA-approved procedures when dealing with Radon mitigation. Call us at 507-333-9838 to schedule an appointment to check your home’s Radon levels.