Radon plays a crucial part in over 21,000 deaths per year and raises serious public health concerns in Tennessee. As a danger second only to cigarettes in causing lung cancer in the United States, radon exposure poses a serious hazard, and can often be difficult to detect. Providing an even greater risk of lung cancer to children, radon poses a risk up to two times greater for children than for adults exposed to the same levels of radon over the same period of time. As a hotbed for radon exposure, Tennessee has an overabundance of the deadly gas, and Tennessee residents are dangerously susceptible to its hazardous effects.
Ranking ahead of secondhand smoke as a cause for cancer, radon is a serious health concern to officials in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, "The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) considers radon to be a very serious problem in our state. No matter where you live in Tennessee, there is the potential for radon to enter your home. Regardless of your zone designation or geographic location, all homes should be tested for radon. There is no zone that has no risk factor for radon."
Responsible for 3-14% of all lung cancer cases across the entire globe, radon exposure is cause for concern regardless of locale. However, as Tennessee is a known danger zone, Tennessee residents should be very aware of the danger lurking close at hand. Radon is a byproduct of the breakdown of radioactive metals within the soil. As a Class A radioactive byproduct, radon seeps up through the soil, creeping into homes and other structures above. Though it's naturally occurring, radon is extremely hazardous. Radon is odorless and colorless, and often enters buildings through many seemingly small entrances such as cracks in basement floors and walls. The residents rarely foresee the invader, and the effects can be deadly.
Measured by units of radioactivity per volume of air, these units are called picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The EPA recommends that homes that have a radon level at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air begin mitigation procedures. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization lowers the cautionary levels and recommends that action be taken when home reading levels average 2.7 and higher. For maximum protection and mitigation, a professional with the proper training, experience, and equipment should be consulted to test radon levels within the home.
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