Radon is responsible for 21,000 deaths a year in United States. It takes more lives than drunk driving, which is responsible for the loss of about 15,000 people a year. Unfortunately, most people know very little about the dangers of radon.
Radon is a radioactive gas that causes cancer. Humans are unable to detect it through smell or taste. However, when people breathe it, it can mutate the cells leading to lung cancer. According to the US Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of cancer in the United States, behind cigarette smoking. For people who smoke and live in areas with high radon levels, the risk of lung cancer is very high.
Radon is naturally occurring gas. It is produced when uranium breaks down in soil, rock, and water and then enters the air. Radon can be found all over the United States and can enter any building whether it is an office, home, or school. The building where you spend the most time is where you need to be most concerned.
To know if you or your family is at risk, you must test for radon. The Surgeon General and EPA recommend that homes and schools be tested. The test is easy and inexpensive. If you detect radon levels to be too high, radon reduction systems are generally inexpensive and can reduce radon levels by up to 99%.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to radon, contact the Appleton personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by dialing 1-800-242-2874 today.