Free Radon Test Kits Available

Free Radon Test Kits Available

Free Radon Test Kits Available

Radon exposure does not cause any symptoms immediately, yet extended exposure to elevated radon levels increases one's risk of lung cancer.

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers in America, and it claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.

Adams says the problem is you don't know if your house has unsafe levels unless you test for the colorless, odorless, gas.

Kendall County's geology is rich in uranium deposits, capable of producing high levels of radon gas. The aggregated information from the test results will be used to update statewide Radon Potential Maps, which show the likelihood of radon in a specific region. "And then you leave it there anywhere from two to eight days and then mail it back in", said Faith Lustik, public health planner.

January is National Radon Action Month, when OH residents are urged to test their homes for radon.

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"Winter is the best time to get a test kit", said Jeff Webb, environmental health director at Greene County Public Health.

It is recommended that homeowners retest for radon every 2-5 years or if there have been any structural changes such as an addition or finishing a basement.

Homes with radon levels of four (4) picocuries per Liter (4 pCi/L) or higher should be fixed.

Radon levels vary throughout CT. Radon can not be seen, smelled or tasted, making testing the only way to determine if it is in your home. The maximum reading for Greene County was 590 pCi/L, the minimum Greene County reading was 0.1 pCi/L, with an average reading of 7.14 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.

To get a free test kit, homeowners can log onto www.uchd.net/radon. "It's an easier time to test than the summer months".

After leaving the opened kit in the room for the recommended amount of monitoring time, send it to the laboratory for analysis. Lincoln County Health Department is always working for a safer and healthier Lincoln County.

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