High levels of radon in your home can expose you and your family to radiation, which can damage your lungs and increase your risk of developing lung cancer. Forty-nine percent of homes in La Plata County have required mitigation of the colorless, odorless gas produced by decaying uranium in rocks and soil.
The cancer survivor and healthcare professional is warning -radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
It is estimated that almost one home in every 15 in the US has an elevated radon level. "Therefore it is important all homeowners in our area test for radon gas".
Test kits can be ordered through the CDPH Indoor Radon Program webpage or by calling the program toll-free at 1-800-745-7236. During the winter, home heating systems tend to draw in radon gas from the soil, increasing radon levels inside the home.
According to Clint Marshall, public health radon specialist, it is estimated that 1 in 5 homes in Dane County have high levels of radon.
Test kits are available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories.
Radon levels vary throughout CT. That's why January is a great time to test, "said Chrystine Kelly, who serves as the CDPHS radon program manager, in a recent department press release".
Kits can be picked up at the public health clinic on Meade Street Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. Perform a radon test after installing a new heating system or central air conditioning. 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. As with many home repairs, the cost of radon mitigation varies. More information on radon mitigation can be found at www.epa.gov/radon by clicking on the "Publications and Resources link" and viewing the EPA publication Consumer's Guide to Radon.
McFarland added that it's important for people to keep in mind 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. "It's an easier time to test than the summer months".
Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied. The lab will send results within two or three weeks. Lincoln County Health Department is always working for a safer and healthier Lincoln County.
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