Ten facts about RADON: **
- Radon gas is noble & heaviest gas on periodic table.
** **2. Radon is the largest source of exposure to radioactivity.
****3. Alpha particles are emitted from the decay of radon gas;
the impact of the discharge of alpha particles is what
damages lung tissues, not the gas itself.
****4. Alpha particles are very light- they have a helium nucleus.
****5. Radon is not limited to the basement, the forces that draw it in to the
home will continue to draw it up into living areas.
****6. The SURGEON GENERAL , on Jan 13, 2005 issued a
health advisory : RADON CAUSES LUNG CANCER
****7. Radon gas is a class A Carcinogen ( group 1)
**** 8. Radon is spontaneous and unpredictable
****9. Uranium decay chain leads to Radon which decays
to Polonium, lead, bismuth, and polonium again;
the half lives are relatively short- increasing
potential for exposure to radioactivity.
**10. Radon mitigation (reduction) systems CAN also
help reduce mold and other volatile organic
compound gasses, and have been installed
for those purposes.