What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.
You cannot see Radon, you cannot smell it or taste it, however, it is possible that it is in your home. Radon is a radioactive gas. When you breathe, air containing Radon gas, this unstable radioactive gas breaks down, sending trillions of charged particles on a collision path to the cells in your lungs. The electrical charge and impact to the cells can result in lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
Is there Radon in your Home?
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Testing is inexpensive and easy—it should only take a few minutes of your time.
How Does Radon Enter a Home?
Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Is there Radon in North Carolina?
Radon can be found in most regions of North Carolina. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon gas has been found in high levels in all types of homes; homes with slab foundations, homes with crawl space foundations and homes with basements. You and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.