Survey of Radioactive Items in the Home.

Academic Article


  • Whether it be from the sun or naturally encountered substances, we are exposed to radiation every day. Some items found in the home either are naturally radioactive or have a component containing radioactive material. This study was conducted to assess exposure from 4 such items previously shown to be radioactive: Fiestaware, granite, smoke detectors, and Brazil nuts. Using 3 types of radiation detectors to obtain quantitative and qualitative information on the radioactive properties of these items, we found little to no harmful radiation exposure from any of them.
  • Keywords

  • Brazil nuts, Fiestaware, granite, radiation exposure, smoke detectors, Housing, Humans, Radiation Exposure, Radiation Monitoring, Silicon Dioxide, Smoke, Surveys and Questionnaires
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    Author List

  • Kritzberger EE; Navarrete L
  • Start Page

  • 253
  • End Page

  • 258
  • Volume

  • 45
  • Issue

  • 4