Did You Know?
Radiation can be detected and it can be cleaned up.
Radiation in small amounts is safe.
What is radiation?
There are two types of radiation – ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation. Non-ionizing radiation has enough energy to move atoms but not enough to alter them chemically. Examples are microwaves, radio waves and visible light. The more energetic form, ionizing radiation, is capable of removing electrons from atoms and damaging living cells and the DNA of those cells. The rest of this section of the web site refers to ionizing radiation as radiation.
The dose of radiation that a person receives is measured in units called rem.
Eighty percent of that exposure comes from natural sources – radon gas, the human body, outer space, and rocks and soil.
There are three types of ionizing radiation that the public may encounter.
There are specific actions one can take to reduce health effects from a nuclear or radiological bomb. The general guidelines for radiation safety are:
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