Facts, Not Fear: Raising Radon Awareness & Educating the Public
Public awareness of radon and the health risks associated with exposure to this radioactive gas has grown significantly over the past few years. At Certified Radon, the health and safety of our commercial and residential customers is the driving force behind what we do. We are committed to using the latest technologies to reduce radon levels and educating our customers about radon with facts, not fear.
When taught effectively, environmental education can be informative and compelling. This is how Certified Radon approaches education with our customers and community. When you take away the fearful aspects of radon and become more aware, the fear transforms into empowerment. This is our goal.
WHO, EPA, & ALA Radon Reports
The first step is filter where you consume information about radon into 2 categories: facts & opinions.
Reputable sources to learn the facts about radon:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- American Lung Association (ALA)
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The most current information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and American Lung Association (ALA) reports that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Radon exposure is responsible for thousands of deaths each year. It is important to note that exposure to radon does not cause immediate symptoms, but the long-term threat of lung cancer is significant to everyone. People who have never smoked make up approximately 2,900 of the estimated 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year.
How Does Radon Enter the Body?
The dangerous effects of radon happen when radioactive particles are released during radon decay. These particles can be inhaled into the lung, infiltrating cells with harmful radiation that can cause cancer. On their own, both smoking and radon exposure separately increase the lung cancer risk; smoking and radon exposure combined significantly increases lung cancer risk. Individuals with other pulmonary diseases may be at higher risk as well.
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to radon, Certified Radon recommends you speak with your healthcare provider.
How is Radon Detected?
While radon cannot be detected through sight, smell or taste, there are testing and mitigation solutions available for both new construction and existing buildings to ensure the health and safety of your residential and commercial properties. Testing and mitigation system installations conducted by industry-certified professionals, such as the technicians at Certified Radon, will provide the most accurate and reliable results.
To learn more, contact Certified Radon today at 816.587.3500. To get started with a free estimate, click here and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.