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Radon test kits available
13 January 2018, 01:11 | Rex Hubbard
Radon test kits available
St. Mary's Regional Cancer Center is providing free radon test kits to homeowners who are wanting to test their home for the radioactive gas. Prolonged exposure to radon is responsible for 505 deaths annually in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.
A colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs from the natural breakdown of the soil is affecting 50% of properties in Colorado.
Testing radon levels in your home can help prevent exposure, and it's simple and low-priced.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Using census data, this translates to five people dying annually from radon-induced lung cancer in our region.
Homes with radon levels of four (4) picocuries per Liter (4 pCi/L) or higher should be fixed.
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Radon testing is not required by law or regulated in Wisconsin.
Radon levels in the outdoors are usually harmless; however, radon can build up indoors to risky levels. Radon can not be seen, smelled or tasted, making testing the only way to determine if it is in your home. Radon is also found in building materials and in well water.
Radon can cause lung cancer, and because January is National Radon Action Month, Jefferson County Public Health is handing out the kits. "We encourage everyone to test their homes because levels can vary drastically from home to home". The cost for a short term radon kit is $8 and is kept in your home for 2-4 days.
Adams says the problem is you don't know if your house has risky levels unless you test for the colorless, odorless, gas.
Reduce radon gas by taking action to reduce radon entry into your home.
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. Lincoln County Health Department is always working for a safer and healthier Lincoln County.
For information about presentations as well as locations, call the Extension Office at 382-6461 or San Juan Basin Public Health at 335-2030.
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