Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Homeowners Encouraged To Test For Radon

State offers free radon test kits Radon test kits available
Jerome Frank | 13 January, 2018, 01:13

The Ford County Public Health Department is encouraging the public to test the radon level in their homes, and the agency has free radon test kits available for pickup.

It is recommended that homeowners retest for radon every 2-5 years or if there have been any structural changes such as an addition or finishing a basement.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium.

There's something invisible in your home that could place you and your family at risk for lung cancer, and you may not even know it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are about 21,000 radon-induced lung cancer deaths nationally each year.

"Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed". You can order here and find more information about radon gas. "Since you can't see or smell radon, people tend to forget the health effects that radon can have", says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist for Lincoln County Health Department. Or you may wish to seek the services of one of many local licensed radon measurement professionals.

Radon levels in the outdoors are usually harmless; however, radon can build up indoors to unsafe levels. Radon is also found in building materials and in well water. Residents are asked to follow the instructions when conducting the radon test and to submit results to the Connecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory. If levels are elevated, the mitigation system is adjusted and the resident should test again to be sure levels are below 4.0 pCi/L. Mitigation is simply redirection of air flow.

Testing can be completed in a Do-It-Yourself fashion. "By testing, you can take immediate action to reduce your home's radon level if necessary and help protect your family's health".

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.

The Extension Office has partnered with San Juan Basin Public Health to present several community meetings to discuss radon. For more information, people can call the health department at 217-379-9281.

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