Training in your basement and radon

Just as a small PSA… If you are training in your basement, you should try to check your radon levels. I have heard that the radioactive particles carry a static charge, so using a fan should keep them out of the air you are immediately breathing but it would really suck to eventually give yourself lung cancer while trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

We had slightly elevated levels of radon in our basement, around the level of “keep monitoring” but have heard that some people in our neighborhood have had twice that level when they had their test performed. So we decided to get an active radon fan for the foundation. The most recent test for our workout room is now coming back undetected. Considering all of the money we pay for equipment, the mitigation system was pretty cheap! I’m not sure how bad radon is outside of the US, but it is quite common here.

On a related but different note I was on a cycle touring holiday a few years ago in Portugal near the Spanish border and we came across a ruined complex/hotel/ monastery. We didn’t know what it was so messed around a bit and then asked what it was when we got to our digs that night. We were told it was an old health spa where people took the waters both internally and externally. It was thought it was healthy due the large concentrations of radon there in the rocks. Indeed Madame Curie used to go there on her researches into radioactivity. Needless to say it fell into disrepair when all the clientele started dying off prematurely!

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