Radon Action Month good time to test your home


Prolonged exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

It is estimated that almost one home in every 15 in the US has an elevated radon level.

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

To help residents test homes (owned or rented), the Colorado State University Extension Office in La Plata County will provide whatever test kits are needed (short-term or long-term) at no cost.

January is National Radon Action Month and the cold winter months are the best time to test for this odorless and colorless gas. Winter is a good time to test your home, Teton County Public Health Department response coordinator Rachael Wheeler said.

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Macomb County Health Director Bill Ridella said that while radon testing kits are available for free to the public all year long, officials want to stress the importance of obtaining a kit at the start of each year because radon isn't something that's on many people's minds.

The do-it-yourself test kits are available at the Macomb County Health Department, 43525 Elizabeth Road in Mount Clemens, as well as at the Warren office at 27690 Van Dyke Ave.

If elevated radon levels are detected in a home, public health recommends that a certified professional radon inspector mitigate the problem. Once it is indoors, radon can accumulate to unhealthy levels. Perform a radon test after installing a new heating system or central air conditioning. "We encourage everyone to test their homes because levels can vary drastically from home to home".

If your home registers high levels of radon, it can be removed from your home through a variety of mitigation systems. The envelope is sent to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality laboratory, where turnaround for the results is approximately two weeks. According to the EPA, mitigation systems can cost between $800 and $2,500 with an average cost of $1,200. Lincoln County Health Department is always working for a safer and healthier Lincoln County.