What is "Radon" and why is its presence in the home a health hazard?
Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas created by the natural breakdown of materials that contain uranium. It accumulates inside homes by migrating through cracks and openings. Whenever you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer - making it important that all homes be tested for the presence of radon.
Dr. Ronn Phillips, Arch.D., and Bobbi Hauptmann, Environmental Design, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Monday, May 18, 2009