Radon Action Month good time to test your home

Joann Johnston
January 12, 2018

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas, and it is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. High levels of radon in homes, offices and schools can be hazardous to your health. After construction is completed and the homeowner has moved in, a radon test is recommended.

The kits can be obtained online from the DPH's radon program website here. Radon kits can be found at Home Depot, Wal-mart, Mr.D's, Bomgaar's and Mead Lumber in Sterling. "PHMDC also has test kits for sale at $10 per kit". Long-term test kits will cost more.

Everyone should take radon seriously because it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and claims the life of almost 21,000 Americans a year.

"We want to thank you for supporting our efforts to reduce lung cancer caused by radon exposure by approving the 2018 radon proclamation and by adopting radon resisting building codes in 2009", said Martino. Radon levels are measured in "picocuries per liter of air" expressed as pCi/L.

So, if exposure to indoor radon gas over an extended period of time greatly increases the risk of one developing lung cancer, and we know that radon gas is prevalent throughout Kendall County, what can and should we do? Rocks and soil can contain uranium. Most often, a radon mitigation system is installed in the lowest level of homes and ventilated outside above the rooftop to prevent radon gas from entering the house.

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"And so, if we build things right in the first place we have less problems and if we can find some way to offer some financial assistance to people who are trying to mitigate it, it would be very useful".

"Testing for radon in your home is a simple process", said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

If supplies run out, radon tests can be purchased from the American Lung Association by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA or at a local hardware store.

According to an interactive map found at radon.com the average level of radon in Colorado is 6.8 pCi/L due to the abundance of uranium in the soil. For more information, people can call the health department at 217-379-9281.

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