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January is National Radon Action Month; prepare to test your home

13 January 2018, 01:08 | Winifred Adams

Susan Martino along with Mayor Bagley and Longmont City Council members

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If a radon test is conducted, it should be done in the lowest livable level of the home, as this is the most accurate estimate of radon exposure within the home.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that develops in the soil. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the US and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

It is estimated that almost one home in every 15 in the US has an elevated radon level.

Kendall County's geology is rich in uranium deposits, capable of producing high levels of radon gas.

"Anywhere, you can get radon", McNeill said. Kits can be picked up at the Outagamie County Public Health office.

"Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed".

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Radon is a serious public health issue in Minnesota, where 2 in 5 homes tested have radon levels that are a major health risk.

"January is Radon Action Month, a good time to learn about radon and its risks, and get your home tested announced Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert". Options for remediation of radon in the home are available at the CDPH Indoor Radon Program. More information on radon mitigation can be found at www.epa.gov/radon by clicking on the "Publications and Resources link" and viewing the EPA publication Consumer's Guide to Radon.

Radon levels vary throughout CT. Twenty-nine percent of homes tested were above the 4 picoCuries per liter of air threshold. Though the kit, which is comprised of activated charcoal, is not risky to children or pets, it's best to keep it in a place where it can not be disturbed. Short-term test kits run cost from $7.30 to $12. At the end of three days, the kit is mailed (pre-addressed and postage paid) to North Carolina with results available online four days later.

Testing can be completed in a Do-It-Yourself fashion. "If it's at a peak action level, then you take measures to fix the problem", she said.

The kits are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's State Indoor Radon Grant fund, and are limited to one free test kit per household.



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