Radon Exposure In Florida
Radon - You cant see it. You cant smell it. You cant taste it. Radon, a Class A carcinogen, is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon comes from the radioactive breakdown of naturally occurring radium found in most Florida soils. As a gas in the soil, it enters buildings through small openings in the foundation. Since the building can hold the radon similarly to smoke trapped under a glass, indoor radon concentrations can increase to many times that of outdoor levels.
Radon may be a problem in your home
In some areas of Florida, one out of two homes has excessive amounts of radon. Most Floridians live on the floor where the concentrated radon gas enters the building. The Florida Department of Health, in conjunction with the local county public health units, is working to support Floridians as they protect themselves from radiation exposure from radon gas.
Florida is aggressive in its policies attacking unnecessary radon exposure to the public. Florida is in the forefront in consumer protection concerning radon issues. The State has required radon measurement and reduction companies and personnel to be certified since 1989. Florida has a mandatory radon testing program for various public facilities, such as public and private schools, state licensed day care centers, and 24 hour care facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals. This public testing information allows Floridians to make informed decisions in the care and education of their loved ones.
In these pages you will find reference materials and links about radon in Florida and nation wide. There is a listing of the Florida certified radon businesses. There are connections to EPA and other radon information, as well as radon resistant construction information for Florida.