Homeowners should test for radon

Homeowners should test for radon

"Also when we have a patient with lung cancer who's a non-smoker, the first thing we do is check their home for radon".

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that naturally comes from the soil.

The Surgeon General advises, in a press release to NBC26, that exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and that radon combined with cigarette smoke poses an increased risk of lung cancer.

You're supposed to test for radon in the lowest part of your house and sometimes that may mean in your closet.

Radon results from the decay of uranium found in almost all soils. "Testing for radon is simple and cheap", Marshall said.

"It can be old houses, it can be new houses", said Kevin McNeill, an environmental health sanitarian at the St. Clair County Health Department.




Because radon has no taste, smell or color, a home must be tested to find out how much radon is in the air.

The Macomb County Health Department is stressing radon testing in the home by giving away free testing kits to the public. The Lincoln County Health Department recommends testing for radon if you have never tested your home before or during real estate transactions. A radon testing kit can be purchased at most home or hardware stores. Winter is the best time to test, which is why January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) and the EPA has identified 4 pCi/L as a recommended action level.

To get a free test kit, homeowners can log onto www.uchd.net/radon. 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.

Testing should be done in the lowest lived in level of a home. Then, seal the kit and mail it to the certified laboratory for analysis. If high levels of radon are detected, licensed contractors can install mitigation systems to eliminate the problem and protect you and your family. Confidential results are available online a few days later, or they can be mailed to the homeowner within approximately two weeks.

The cost of a radon mitigation system can vary, but typically runs around $1,200.

Story courtesy Greene County Public Health.

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