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Radon is Deadlier Than…

RADON Radon Radon Radon is Deadlier Than. Radon Radon Radon Radon 86 What is Rn RADON? Radon Radon is a radioactive gas that is actually odorless, tasteless and invisible. It is directly responsible for causing respiratory cancer in individuals that have been exposed to the gas in high levels. Some scientific studies have shown that children may be much more sensitive to radon exposure, because they see higher respiratory rates and rapidly dividing cells - as they grow. л Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Radon is Deadlier Than. "Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques." U.S. SURGEON GENERAL 21,000 17,400 8,000 3,900 2,800 Home fire Drownings Fall in the home Drunk Driving Radon* л "Picocuries Per Liter (pCi/D - The unit of mea- surement that specifies the decay in seconds within a volume of one liter of air." 222 "Rn 222.01756 t =3.82days Radioactive 86 Radon Risk if You Smoke Rn Radon If 1,000 people who smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*. Radon Level The risk of cancer from radon exposure WHAT TO DO: compares to**. Stop smoking and. 20 PCVL About 260 people could get lung 250 times the risk of drowning Fix your home cancer 10 pCi/L About 150 people could get lung 200 times the risk of dying in a O Fix your home cancer home fire 8 pCi/L About 120 people could get lung * 30 times the risk of dying in a fall ) Fix your home cancer About 62 people could get lung 4 pC/L 5 times the risk of dying in a car crash ) Fix your home cancer 6 times the risk of dying from poison Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pci /L 2 pC/L About 32 people could get lung cancer (Reducing radon levels Rn below 2 pCil. is difficult) 1.3 pCi/L About 20 people could get lung (Average indoor radon level) cancer 0.4 pCi/L About 3 people could get lung cancer (Average outdoor radon level Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower. * Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). ** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports. Source: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html#risk 86 Radon Risk if You Never Smoked Rn Radon If 1000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime*. The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to**. WHAT TO DO: Radon Level 20 pCi/L About 36 people could get lung 35 times the risk of drowning Fix your home cancer 10 pCi/L About 18 people could get lung cancer 20 times the risk of dying in a Fix your home home fire 8 pCi/L About 15 people could get lung 4 times the risk of dying in a fall Fix your home cancer The risk of dying in a A car crash 4 pC/L About 7 people could get lung cancer Fix your home About 4 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying from poison O Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pci /L 2 pCi/L (Reducing radon levels below 2 pCi I. is difficult.) 1.3 pCi/L About 2 people could get lung cancer (Average indoor radon level) Rn 0.4 pCi/L (Average outdoor radon levelD Note: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be lower. * Lifetime risk of lung cancer deaths from EPA Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). ** Comparison data calculated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Reports. Source: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html#risk Rn Radon Rn Rn Your risk of developing lung cancer is increased if you Radon Rn smoke and your home has a high radon level. Rn Rn Raden Raden Avoiding Exposure Radon exposure is not limited to your home. It can exist in any building, including schools, hospitals and your Radon is odorless and colorless. You cannot see, smell or feel Radon gas. Radon testing using authorized Radon kits is your only measure in workplace. testing for unsafe levels in your home or workplace. Radon levels can differ door to door even if levels are low in your closest neighbor. Certain land characteristics, such as Karst, require continuous testing as the underlying landforms can dissolve and change the levels of radon within your home. Rn Rn Rn "Karst" Rn Rn Rn "Karst topography is a geological formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock" Protect Yourself • Test Your Home For Radon - Visit - RadonResources.com/radon-testing/ • Hire a Radon ContractorVisit - RadonResources.com/radon-contractors/ www.radonresources.com RadonResources Sources: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html Deaths per year

Radon is Deadlier Than…

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In our latest infographic, we take a look at the deadly effects of the odorless, radioactive gas known as “radon.”Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year....

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