Radioactive Nick

The beautiful people of La-la-land are worried that they’re being irradiated by their granite countertops. I’ve tried to explain that granite can contain radioactive elements such as uranium, and even give off alpha, beta, and gamma radiation that can be measured, as well as trace amounts of Radon gas, which gives them even more reason for concern, and they’re not likely to be consoled by a lay person like me.

But, now I come to think about it, our illustrious leader Nick is sitting on one of the largest granite countertops in the nation, sky high in the Colorado Rockies, and I’m worried.

So that is why he glows in the dark at night.

Lets not take this for gran-it.

Maybe we should first abolish little Timmy’s glowing wrist watch and the smoke detector in the hallway outside of his room …

Granite Countertops A Health Threat?

Indeed, health physicists and radiation experts agree that most granite countertops emit radiation and radon at extremely low levels. They say these emissions are insignificant compared with so-called background radiation that is constantly raining down from outer space or seeping up from the earth’s crust, not to mention emanating from manmade sources like X-rays, luminous watches and smoke detectors.

I just did a Radon test for a new home a few days ago. Believe it or not, they came in at 1.51, and 1.62 using pretty good Radon canisters from the National Radon Lab at UCCS here in Colorado Springs.
In Colorado it varies quite a bit, depending on where you are in the state.
Although I’m not yet convinced there is enough conclusive proof that Radon is the threat that many make it out to be…who am I to question the authorities?..keep on testing…

we love Radon, and Global warming too (its a mild winter here in the Springs, so far)

What about CMU. They contain P32 which is a gamma emitter. Nick’s increased exposure is more likely because he lives more than a mile above sea level, more cosmic ray exposure.

I used to be a health physicist and I can tell you that all this blather about granite countertops and EM from phones and electrical transformers is just nonsense.

But, California being California, they will continue to be silly people.

Hope this helps;

I hear you Will. I imagine its silliness like this that compels many to tune out the deadly numbers that justify getting your home professionally tested for radon.