Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium. Radon readings can change in levels from year to year with heavier concentrations in the winter months.
Where is it found?
Radon can be found everywhere but It is usually found in igneous rock and soil, but in some cases, well water may also be a source of radon. Radon is found in background radiation in the air all around us, it truly is everywhere we cannot escape it in our day to day activities.
Just how Dangerous is it?
When you breathe in radon, radioactive particles from radon gas can get trapped in your lungs. Over time, these radioactive particles increase the risk of lung cancer. It may take years before health problems appear. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. Radon gas does not distinguish between the young and the old, the more radon you breathe in the high the risk becomes to one's health.
Who is at Risk?
Everyone is at Risk when it comes to Radon especially if you are a smoker you have 20% higher chance of Radon to be fatal than a non-smoker. Health Canada has set a safety limit of less than 200 Becquerel's to ensure that a home can be occupied safely without risk of health issues due to radon levels.