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Radon is a radioactive gas that emanates from rocks and soils and tends to concentrate in enclosed spaces, such as underground mines or houses. Soil gas infiltration is recognized as the most important source of residential radon and is by far the most important source of ionizing radiation among gases of natural origin. Radon is a major contributor to the ionizing radiation dose received by the general population.
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Studies on indoor radon and lung cancer in Europe, North America, and Asia provide strong evidence that radon causes a substantial number of lung cancer cases in the general population. Estimates of the proportion of lung cancers attributable to radon range from 3% to 14%, depending on the average radon concentration in the country concerned and the calculation methods. The analyses indicate that the lung cancer risk increases proportionally with increased radon exposure. As many people are exposed to low and moderate radon concentrations, the majority of lung cancers related to radon are caused by these exposure levels rather than by higher concentrations. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Most of the radon-induced lung cancer cases occur among smokers due to a strong combined effect of smoking and radon.
Radon measurements are essential to assess radon concentration in homes. They need to be based on standardized protocols to ensure accurate and consistent measurements. Indoor radon concentration varies with the construction of buildings and ventilation habits. These concentrations vary substantially not only with the season, but also from day to day and even from hour to hour. Because of these fluctuations, estimating the annual average concentration of radon in indoor air requires reliable measurements of mean radon concentrations for at least three months and preferably longer. Short-term measurements provide only a crude indication of the actual radon concentration. Quality assurance for radon measurement devices is highly recommended in order to ensure the quality of
The National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) requires that each Certified Measurement Specialist maintain a Quality Assurance Program and Quality Controls to ensure the highest level of integrity of the testing. Your Scleta Inspections inspector is NRPP Certified as a Radon Measurement Professional (RMP) and a Soil Gas (Radon) Mitigation Compliance Inspector (SGM-CI) and maintains the required documents for a defensible Radon Test!