Radon

Radon is earthís only naturally produced radioactive gas. It comes from the
breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon has no odor, no taste, and
can not be seen. When it comes indoors it can become a health hazard. Radon can
enter your house through cracks and openings in the foundation, floor, and
walls. Radon decays and is inhaled into the lungs. The energy released can
damage the DNA in lungs and can cause cancer. I think that a law making it
illegal to sell a home containing radon in the basement would be a good idea.

Radon is estimated to cause thousands of cancer deaths each year in the US. On a
graph I saw on the Internet there was the amounts of deaths in drunk driving,
radon, drowning, fires, and air planes crashes. Radon had the second highest
amount of deaths a year, right after drunk driving. The Surgeon General has a
warning that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US today.

The only way you can detect that you have radon coming into your house is by
testing it. EPA and Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third
floor for radon. If radon is found in your home it can be fixed. Nearly one out
of every fifteen homes in the US is estimated to have high radon levels. High
radon levels have been found in every state. The levels of radon can vary widely
from homes in the same neighborhood. The average person in the US gets more
radiation dose from the exposure to indoor radon than from any other source of
natural or man made radiation, according to the National Council on Radiation

Protection and Measurements. Radon is classified as a Class A human cancinogen.

Many underground miners have cancer or end up with cancer. This is from the
close exposure to radon. The EPA action level of radon is 4pCi/L. that are
belived to be the same exposure to radon as miners. The National Cancer

Institute believes that 10% of lung cancer deaths in the US could be due to
indoor radon exposure. Information on radon causing cancer comes from molecular,
cellular, animal, and human studies. Women (from studies) have shown to have a
slightly lower risk than men. This may be because both sexes have diferent lung
dosimentry. Children have shown to have a higher risk because their lungs are
still growning and are not as strong in resisting smoke and radon. Because of
this dangerous radon children are becoming more prone to cancer, and they
canít even prevent it at such a young age. I believe that this law is a very
good idea. Radon has made (our homes) something that is supposed to be the
safest place, a place that we could be exposing ourselfs to radiation. If the
law is passed, I assume insurance would pay for the inspection. If the law is
not passed, then I think everyone should consider installing a radon resistant
feature. These cost about $800-$2,500, which I think is a reasonable price for
your life or the life of loved ones. Even if (when the law is passed) the
inspectors only detect radon in one house in the city, that is one life, or one
family you might have saved. I think that passing a law making it illegal to
sell a home with radon in it is a good idea, and should be practiced throughout
the state.