Radon can pose serious health risks, test your home now
Radon can pose serious health risks, test your home now
Radon test kits available
13 January, 2018, 01:11
There are areas in our community that have significantly high radon levels, and many homes have not been tested.
Short-term radon detection kits are available for $10 at Teton County Environmental Health in the public health building at 460 E. Pearl Ave.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most soil and can cause lung cancer.
Testing radon levels in your home can help prevent exposure, and it's simple and cheap.
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. During the winter, home heating systems tend to draw in radon gas from the soil, increasing radon levels inside the home. "It would be less likely to find radon in that soil, but it shows you how the whole state of Colorado is at risk".
Free test kits are available at the Eureka County Cooperative Extension, 701 S. Main St., Eureka. 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. The good news is that radon can be reduced by easy, low-priced home testing and fix.
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"Anywhere, you can get radon", McNeill said.
Radon levels in the outdoors are usually harmless; however, radon can build up indoors to risky levels.
Radon is present everywhere, but the greatest exposure is inside buildings.
It is estimated that almost one home in every 15 in the US has an elevated radon level. If the follow-up tests confirm elevated radon concentrations, then radon mitigation is recommended.
Keep in mind that there is no such thing as safe levels of radon; however, if your home tests above level 4 you should definitely take action to mitigate the problem by contracting with a qualified contractor. 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.
The answer and effort is simple: test your home. If high levels of radon are detected, licensed contractors can install mitigation systems to eliminate the problem and protect you and your family.
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