County is giving away radon test kits

  • County is giving away radon test kits

County is giving away radon test kits

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. 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. Names will be entered into the drawing when the results of a radon test are received at the health department's office at 235 N. Taft St. Radon test kits can be picked up at the heath department office on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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? "It is very nice to test things but for low-income people, it is very hard to afford to actually fix it because it is $2500 or more", said Christensen.

While radon comes from the decay in uranium and is found in nearly all soil types, it isn't content to stay put.

Testing for radon is a simple process. The lab will send results within two or three weeks.

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

If elevated radon concentrations are found, can it be fixed?

A length of 4-inch PVC pipe goes from the ground to the attic and is hidden within the wall. Systems can be installed to reduce radon levels.

Lustik says one in four homes in Jefferson County will test positive for radon gas. Exposure is easily controlled. The Lincoln County Health Department recommends testing for radon if you have never tested your home before or during real estate transactions.

Because radon poses a real health threat to Coloradans, Gov. John Hickenlooper has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety in declaring January as National Radon Action Month for the state. You can also contact the Northeast Colorado Health Department at 970-522-3741 for more information on radon.