Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Homeowners Encouraged To Test For Radon

Homeowners Encouraged To Test For Radon

The Health Department has a limited supply of free radon test kits for residents. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

That something is radon, a tasteless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the environment.

"We are offering radon test kits at half price to help Oakland County families protect themselves and their loved ones", said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health division manager.

One can't see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a unsafe level in a home.


Testing is the beginning of prevention, and if test results indicate elevated radon levels, there are other steps needed to reduce the risk of lung cancer. Healthy Teton County's Community Health Improvement Plan created a radon action group to increase the number of homes and buildings in the county that test for radon. High levels of radon in homes, offices and schools can be hazardous to your health.

What if someone told you that in spite of all of those efforts, you may be placing your health and the health of those who live with you in peril by ignoring a life-threatening hazard in your own home? The aggregated information from the test results will be used to update statewide Radon Potential Maps, which show the likelihood of radon in a specific region. "If you test in the summer, we tell people you need to do things like have all your windows shut, not use your fan and shut your doors as quickly as possible". With radon being a gas, the chemical can move upwards out of the ground and into the air where it can accumulate in certain homes and buildings. People set it in their homes for several days, then drop it in a postage-paid envelope and send it for processing to a laboratory approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "Test kits can be purchased at local hardware or home product stores, usually for under $25".

For more information on radon testing, visit www.coloradoradon.info, where you can find a list of contractors certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program to install radon mitigation systems.

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