Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Homeowners urged to test for radon

Homeowners urged to test for radon

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that develops in the soil.

The cancer survivor and healthcare professional is warning -radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. "While there could be a very low level of radon at one home, there can be a very high level at the house next door".

Alpha radon particles are the result of long-term decay from shale and granite in our soils that makes their way into our homes.

"Winter is simply a better time to test for radon because your house is more closed up than it is in the summer", Ridella said. During the winter, home heating systems tend to draw in radon gas from the soil, increasing radon levels inside the home.

"We are offering radon test kits at half price to help Oakland County families protect themselves and their loved ones", said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health division manager.

Homeowners urged to test for radonIn recognition of National Radon Action Month, Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) urges all residents to test their homes for radon. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) and the EPA has identified 4 pCi/L as a recommended action level.

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Radon levels vary throughout CT. Options for remediation of radon in the home are available at the CDPH Indoor Radon Program. 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.

If testing shows that there is a radon problem, the homeowner will need to install a system that will prevent the radon from accumulating in the home. As with many home repairs, the cost of radon mitigation varies. "PHMDC also has test kits for sale at $10 per kit".

Radon test kits are easy to use.

Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied. Then, seal the kit and mail it to the certified laboratory for analysis. 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.

The Extension Office has partnered with San Juan Basin Public Health to present several community meetings to discuss radon.

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