Dangers of Radon

Background

One of the main attractions in Georgia is Stone Mountain. What many Georgians don't know is that this tourist attraction is posing a health risk. Stone mountain is a large piece of granite that stretches into parts of North Carolina. The exposed piece located in North Georgia is only one third of the entire structure. Granite naturally produces radon gas, which in large amounts can cause health issues.
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Where Is it Found In Your Home?

Rocks produce radioactive elements naturally, and in Georgia granite is the most abundant rock. It's in the soil, buildings, and many household objects like countertops. The most concerning source is the radon found in basements, because unlike the radon gas emmited from granite countertops, radon gas trapped underground doesn't escape. This is because compared to other areas in the house, basements are not as open. The lack of open space allows the radon gas to cummulate.

Health Risks

In recent years, radon gas has been classified as a carcinogen, a substance that can cause cancer. Inhaling too much radon can specifically cause lung cancer. This concluson is based on studies done on miners who have been exposed to a large quantity of radon.

Prevention

One way to reduce radon is by Active Soil Pressurization. This method removes radon from surrounding soil and lessens te risk of the gas entering the home. Another method is simply adding better ventilation to homes. Whether it's by opening windows or creating vents for air to move evenly thoughout the house. Reducing radon is easy and can be done in a few steps.

Please Take The Precautions To Reduce The Health Risks Of Radon Gas

Sources

  • "Granite Countertops and Radiation." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.
  • "50 Things You Might Not Know about Stone Mountain Park." Atlanta Journal Constitution [Atlanta]. AJC, 15 June 2009. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.
  • "Reducing Radon In Your Home." Sosradon.org/. Kansas State University. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.