Radon: An Invisible Threat in Homes and a Serious Health Enemy


Radon, an invisible and odorless radioactive gas, can quietly infiltrate homes, leading to long-term exposure and the development of cancerous diseases. On National Radon Day held in Luxembourg, the dangers of this gas are brought to the forefront.

How can we protect our homes from this threat?

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and while only 5 to 15 percent of cases of this type of cancer are due to radon exposure, it should never be underestimated. The Ministry of Health in Luxembourg advises extra caution, especially in the northern regions where radon concentrations are higher. This increase in the north is attributed to the presence of schist-type soil, which easily allows soil gas to seep into homes, particularly in older houses lacking concrete foundations.

To measure radon levels in your home, individuals can request a free kit with a sensor through the sante.lu website. The kit must then be installed in the home for a period of three months between October and April. Afterwards, it should be returned for evaluation at the health laboratory. The maximum allowable radon concentration per cubic meter is 300 becquerels. If this level reaches 600, it is imperative to take steps for reconstruction and purification.

Ultimately, even if your neighbor is not exposed to radon, it does not necessarily mean you are safe. To ensure peace of mind, it's best to measure radon levels in your own living space.