Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil. rock, and water. It is formed by natural breakdown of radium, which is a radioactive product of decaying uranium. One in four Michigan homes is expected to have radon levels that exceed the recommended federal action level.
As radon decays into radioactive particles and is inhaled into the lungs, energy is released that can damage sensitive lung tissue and lead to lung cancer. The small bursts of energy released from particles trapped in the lungs are like being exposed to hundreds of chest x-rays every year.
- Estimated to cause thousands of deaths per year
- The second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States; smoking remains the primary cause
- A health risk in as many as 1 in 15 homes throughout the country
- Deadly and its health risks increase dramatically with the length of exposure and with cigarette smoking
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. You can't see, smell, or taste it. The only way to know if you have elevated radon levels is to test.
Where is Radon Found?
High levels of radon have been found in every state. Radon gas rises through porous soil under a home or building and enters the building through gaps and cracks in the foundation and through pipes, drains, walls, or other openings.