Recent reports in the New York Times, as well as other publications site that granite counter tops emit radon gas. One such report even went so far as to ‘claim’ that they had seen counter tops emitting so much radon that you could cook popcorn. Read below.
Radon does exist to some degree in EVERY home!
- Radon is a proven carcinogen (cancer causing agent) and if present in levels above what is deemed safe, it should be addressed immediately
- Counter tops may emit Radon gas, but it is the overall concentration of Radon gas inside a structure that is important; not what is emitted from a counter top
- Radon levels that are high can be easily mitigated.
- According to the Surgeon General of the United States, all homes below the 3rd floor should be tested for Radon levels
- Radon lung cancer deaths exceed the number of deaths from auto accidents each year. Including people who have NEVER SMOKED in their life.
- SOS is certified in Radon and can help you sort out the reality from the hype.
Radon is the real deal. It is not to be messed with and should be mitigated at all costs if present in concentrations that are over the norm. We can help you understand this and see what can be done to figure out what your radon levels are and how to bring them down.
The World Health Organization (“WHO”) and the US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as EPA, have classified radon as a “Class A” known human carcinogen (proven cause of cancer);
Test your home for radon
Fix your home if your radon level is 4 picoCuries per liter (Ci/L) or higher.
Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced.
Radon is said to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year!
Each year more people die from Radon than in car accidents!
Each year these graphs illustrate how many people die from Radon as compared to car accidents!
People dying from Radon
Peter Jennings dies of Radon induce lung cancer!
* Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA’s 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). The numbers of deaths from other causes are taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1999-2001 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2002 National Safety Council Reports.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.
You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths than Radon!
If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is specially high.
Radon can be found all over the U.S., including Southern California
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building – homes, offices, and schools – and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
You should test for radon. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools.
You can fix a radon problem.
Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.