Radon, what is it?

Radon gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer from long term exposure, the first being smoking. It is also the leading cause of lung cancer for those who have not smoked. It is caused by the breaking down of uranium which turns to a gas form.

Radioactive particles form when radon breaks down and as you breath that can get into your lung tissue. What happens is this… Energy is released from the radon particles and then can cause damage to your lung cells. Should the lung cells get damaged, this could have the potential of resulting in cancer. The time from exposure to seeing the onset of the disease can take years and not everyone will develop lung cancer.

At MSZ Restoration and Contracting we provide Radon Testing and Remediation.  We can also install systems to protect against Radon.

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From a CBC article written by John Gibson>>>

Deadly radon gas was found at unacceptably high levels in one out of eight homes in the Calgary area, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine tested radon gas levels in more than 2,300 homes in Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie, Okotoks, High River and Redwood Meadows.

The results show the known cancer-causing gas is a growing public health concern in southern Alberta, said the study’s lead author, Aaron Goodarzi.

“Every region we looked at had houses above 200 becquerels per cubic metre,” he said. “Beyond that, cancer risk is very certain and homeowners are advised strongly to mitigate their home.”

Radon Gas in your home

Radon Gas Illustration – From B.C. Centre for Disease Control

 

Sources:

 

Canada Health:

Radon: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/radiation/radon/index-eng.php

Radon Reduction Guide:  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/radiation/radon_canadians-canadiens/index-eng.php

Alberta Building Codes:  Radon:  http://edmontonrealestateblog.com/2016/11/alberta-building-protects.html

Calgary Dangerous Radon Gas Levels:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/radon-house-study-levels-gas-testing-remediation-goodarzi-cancer-1.4045872