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

State offers free radon test kits

It comes from the ground and can accumulate in homes, raising the risk of lung cancer.

A colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs from the natural breakdown of the soil is affecting 50% of properties in Colorado. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and second leading cause of lung cancer overall. And since radon levels can change from year to year, you should test every couple of years to make sure your system is working properly.

While radon comes from the decay in uranium and is found in nearly all soil types, it isn't content to stay put. "Therefore it is important all homeowners in our area test for radon gas". Kits can be picked up at the Outagamie County Public Health office.

Lustik says one in four homes in Jefferson County will test positive for radon gas.

Short-term radon detection kits are available for $10 at Teton County Environmental Health in the public health building at 460 E. Pearl Ave.




The EPA suggests installing a mitigation system if your home is at a level of 4 picocuries or more per liter of indoor air. The good news is that radon can be reduced by easy, low-priced home testing and fix. 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 high levels of radon are detected, licensed contractors can install mitigation systems to eliminate the problem and protect you and your family. As with many home repairs, the cost of radon mitigation varies.

Governor John Hickenlooper has declared January Radon Action Month in Colorado.

McFarland added that it's important for people to do not forget to correctly fill out the card that comes with the kit, indicating a start date and time when the test began followed by the end date and time.

Radon test kits are easy to use. Tests should be performed in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied. Then, seal the kit and mail it to the certified laboratory for analysis. The lab will send results within two or three weeks.

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

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