What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and radioactive gas. It’s present in the atmosphere through natural causes but is trapped indoors (typically at the lower levels), meaning that people can be exposed to high concentrations of radon gas and never notice it. Fortunately, radon exposure in homes can be prevented with cost-effective techniques via the test kits we offer. However, unkempt areas are more likely to have radon gas seep into its foundation, leading to a high risk of radon poisoning, which can mature into cancer between 5-25 years.

Ways Radon Can Enter the Home. The image shows the inside of a home — bathroom, living room, kitchen, and basement. Red arrows show radon entry pathways. Radon sources include radon gas from soil and radon in well water. Radon can enter a home through a sump pump pit, floor-wall joints, floor cracks, and exposed soil in a crawlspace. Radon gas entering at the lowest level of the home can move to other areas. Radon from well water can enter a home through water taps, showers, dishwashers, and washers.

Radon in the Home |

To take this into perspective, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking. The US EPA estimates that radon-related cancer kills 21,000 people each year in the United States; rates in other countries are even higher due to a lack of regulations. At RnFree, we aim to lower the number of radon-related deaths in the United States as well as other countries with poor infrastructure and little regulations.

To learn more about radon exposure, and how our organization is combating the threat, check out Our Mission; be safe, ask for a kit at I Need A Test Kit

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