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What is radon?

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally appearing radioactive gas. It is an element with the abbreviation RN, and it has the number 86 in the periodical system. Radon is one of the so-called ‘noble gasses,’ which means that it doesn’t react with other gasses. Radon does not have a color and can’t be smelled. It arises in the subsurface of the earth when the radioactive element radium is degraded. Consequently, it oozes to the surface. On the surface, Radon hangs close to the earth, as it is heavier than air. Her it is slowly broken down over the course of several days.

During the decomposition, Radon will emit radioactive radiation, which is harmful to living tissue and thereby increases the risk of developing cancer.

All homes hold a certain amount of Radon, however, in every third home, the concentration of Radon is so high that it is, in fact, harmful for your health.

Radon is also easily dissolved in water and organic solvents. Even though reactions with other connections are relatively rare, it is not completely indifferent and forms stable molecules with strong electronegative materials. Radon is considered a noble gas, which occurs in several isotope shapes. Only two are found in essential concentration in the human environment: radon-222 and radon 220. It is radon-222, which occurs easiest in the environment. Atmospheric releases of radon-222 results in the creation of decomposition products, which are radioisotopes of heavy metals (polonium, lead, bismuth) and rapidly ascribe to other airborne materials such as dust and other materials, which lightens inhalation.

Exposure: the primary ways for humans to potentially be exposed to radon is through inhalation and consumption. Radon in the earth, subsoil water or building materials makes its way into work and living environments where it is then decomposed. Even high concentrations of radon in subsoil water can contribute to radon exposure through consumption. Inhalation of radon released from the water is normally more important.