State offers free radon test kits

13 January, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Colin Gill
  • State offers free radon test kits

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.

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that, if accumulated at high levels, can be risky.

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

Radon results from the decay of uranium found in almost all soils. "Therefore it is important all homeowners in our area test for radon gas".

"Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed".

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January is National Radon Action Month, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Radon Education Program is offering free short-term radon test kits to Nevadans from Jan. 1 through February 28.

"Radon is a naturally occurring gas and it's created by the uranium that you would find from the soil, so uranium is normally associated with mountains which is why some states like Colorado would be considered to have more radon", explained Colby Adams, who is the environmental health director for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Division of Public Health.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is partnering with local public health departments to make test kits available to Minnesotans at low or no cost.

Place the kit for a few days, away from ventilation and use the winter months to test your home. Minnesota has high radon levels due to its unique geology and cold climate. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) and the EPA has identified 4 pCi/L as a recommended action level.

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. If the follow-up tests confirm elevated radon concentrations, then radon mitigation is recommended. Logan County has an average radon level of 4.4 pCi/L. The envelope is sent to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality laboratory, where turnaround for the results is approximately two weeks. If high levels of radon are detected, licensed contractors can install mitigation systems to eliminate the problem and protect you and your family.

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