Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Free Radon Test Kits Offered In Jefferson County

Free Radon Test Kits Offered In Jefferson County

Residents are asked to follow the instructions when conducting the radon test and to submit results to the Connecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory. The risky gas sneaks its way into your home by moving into the air from the ground and then through the cracks and holes in your foundation. CDPH is offering free test kits to households in California throughout the month of January, or until supplies run out. All they do is simply peel off the label, you set it about over 20 inches off the ground in your lowest livable level of your home. If your results show a radon level meeting or exceeding the 4 pCi/l EPA action limit, the Kendall County Health Department may be able to provide some low-priced starting points for reducing if not eliminating your risk.

Breathing indoor air with high levels of radon can lead to lung cancer.

The EPA suggests installing a mitigation system if your home is at a level of 4 picocuries or more per liter of indoor air.

The insidious intruder of which I speak is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that the Surgeon General has identified as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. When people breathe in radon, it damages the lungs.

Bob Moody writes from Westminster and is the owner of Diligent Home Inspections LLC, which provides radon testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are about 21,000 radon-induced lung cancer deaths nationally each year. The aggregated information from the test results will be used to update statewide Radon Potential Maps, which show the likelihood of radon in a specific region.

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Radon levels in the outdoors are usually harmless; however, radon can build up indoors to unsafe levels.

"You can't see or smell radon, so testing is the only way to know how high the radon levels are in your home", said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG.

The kits can be obtained online from the DPH's radon program website here.

Radon mitigation is best done by certified radon professionals licensed by the Nevada State Contractors Board.

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