Radioactive Gas Map Shows Most Dangerous Places to Live in U.S.
USA – November 1, 2018
According to an American Geographical Society Facebook post, the tech company Airthings, which develops and manufactures both professional and consumer facing technology and specializes in digital radon detectors, recently launched a live global Radon map at RadonMap.com. The map pulls constantly-updating radon level data from Airthings’ devices all over North America, Europe, and beyond to provide current localized analyses and advice – ideal for anyone looking for the risks associated with radon exposure.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outside air it is diluted and is of no concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes and offices, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of the occupants of the building.
Radon gas breaks down or decays to form radioactive elements that can be inhaled into the lungs. In the lungs, decay continues, creating radioactive particles that release small bursts of energy. This energy is absorbed by nearby lung tissue, damaging the lung cells. When cells are damaged, they have the potential to result in cancer when they reproduce.
Exposure to high levels of radon in indoor air results in an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The risk of cancer depends on the level of radon and how long a person is exposed to those levels.
Exposure to radon and tobacco use together can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer. For example, if you are a lifelong smoker your risk of getting lung cancer is 1 in 10. If you add long term exposure to a high levels of radon, your risk becomes 1 in 3. On the other hand, if you are a non-smoker, your lifetime lung cancer risk at the same high radon levels is 1 in 20.
RadonMap.com aggregates radon level data from Airthings’ devices dispersed all over the world to provide accurate, local radon readings for users seeking current and reliable insight into the dangerous indoor gas and how much exposure they are subjected to daily.
Previously, gaining an understanding of localized radon readings was only possible through professionally-administered tests or government data, offering a one-time snapshot rather than a constantly-evolving picture. With the introduction of Airthings’ RadonMap.com, radon levels and fluctuations can be tracked accurately through a community of user-generated data. RadonMap.com instantly becomes a very reliable and up-to-date information source available for alerting people about the presence of radon in their environments and enabling them to take corrective action, if necessary, before the situation becomes critical.