Environmental hazards of radiation?
Radiation is a type of energy that travels through the air and can penetrate solid objects. It is present in our environment all the time, both naturally and as a result of human activity.
Exposure to high levels of radiation can cause serious health effects, including cancer. It can also lead to death.
There are two main types of radiation: ionizing and non-ionizing.
Ionizing radiation is the more dangerous type. It can damage cells and DNA, causing cancer.
Non-ionizing radiation is less harmful, but can still cause health problems.
Sources of radiation include:
- Medical procedures, such as X-rays and CT scans
- Nuclear power plants
- Nuclear weapons
- Radiation therapy for cancer
- Smoke detectors
- Cell phones
- Microwave ovens
Most people are exposed to low levels of radiation every day. This is not a cause for concern.
However, exposure to high levels of radiation can be dangerous.
There are several ways to protect yourself from radiation:
- Limit your exposure to medical procedures that use ionizing radiation.
- If you live near a nuclear power plant, stay informed about the level of radiation in the area.
- Do not smoke.
- Limit your exposure to cell phones and other devices that emit non-ionizing radiation.
- Be aware of the risks of radiation exposure and take steps to protect yourself and your family.