January is National Radon Action Month

Susan Martino along with Mayor Bagley and Longmont City Council members

Health officials are urging people to check their homes for radon gas, which they called the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

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

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

Kendall County's geology is rich in uranium deposits, capable of producing high levels of radon gas.

January is National Radon Action Month, when OH residents are urged to test their homes for radon. Winter is a good time to test your home, Teton County Public Health Department response coordinator Rachael Wheeler said.

The Outagamie County Public Health Department says the only way to know if you have a safe level of radon inside your home is to conduct a radon test.

Short-term radon detection kits are available for $10 at Teton County Environmental Health in the public health building at 460 E. Pearl Ave.

The risk to smokers increases significantly when living in a high-radon environment, such as our area. If levels of radon are high (4 pCi/L or higher), the Connecticut DPH strongly recommends that homeowners enlist a radon mitigation professional to help lower the levels. Such systems should be installed by a certified mitigation contractor. A radon testing kit can be purchased at most home or hardware stores.

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 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. According to the EPA, mitigation systems can cost between $800 and $2,500 with an average cost of $1,200. "It's an easier time to test than the summer months".

The answer and effort is simple: test your home.

After leaving the opened kit in the room for the recommended amount of monitoring time, send it to the laboratory for analysis. At the end of three days, the kit is mailed (pre-addressed and postage paid) to North Carolina with results available online four days later.

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