Now is the time to test your home for radon gas

13 January, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Wilson Dawson
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Radon is linked to more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the US each year.

It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and causes over 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.

One can't see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a risky level in a home.

Radon production occurs naturally in soil and rocks. The only way to measure radon risk is through testing. Kits can be picked up at the Outagamie County Public Health office. A simple three-day test can determine if a house has a radon problem, and winter is an ideal time to test a home for radon.


Jefferson County Public Health is giving out free radon testing kits after high levels have been detected in the county. Healthy Teton County's Community Health Improvement Plan created a radon action group to increase the number of homes and buildings in the county that test for radon. If levels of radon are high (4 pCi/L or higher), the Connecticut DPH strongly recommends that homeowners enlist a radon mitigation professional to help lower the levels. Radon test kits are available at Cooperative Extension offices and partnering locations, as well as at presentations statewide.

Radon levels in the outdoors are usually harmless; however, radon can build up indoors to unsafe levels. If the follow-up tests confirm elevated radon concentrations, then radon mitigation is recommended. Radon can not be seen, smelled or tasted, making testing the only way to determine if it is in your home. Logan County has an average radon level of 4.4 pCi/L. Most often, a radon mitigation system is installed in the lowest level of homes and ventilated outside above the rooftop to prevent radon gas from entering the house.

Governor John Hickenlooper has declared January Radon Action Month in Colorado. "PHMDC also has test kits for sale at $10 per kit". "It's an easier time to test than the summer months". "It's important to note that while there will always be a positive reading for radon in every home, it may not be at what is called an action level". The envelope is sent to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality laboratory, where turnaround for the results is approximately two weeks.

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