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January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month

Testing radon levels in your home can help prevent exposure, and it's simple and affordable.

A colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs from the natural breakdown of the soil is affecting 50% of properties in Colorado. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 yearly lung cancer U.S. deaths are associated with radon.

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

Radon production occurs naturally in soil and rocks. "Therefore it is important all homeowners in our area test for radon gas". "Since you can't see or smell radon, people tend to forget the health effects that radon can have", says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist for Lincoln County Health Department. The data is from radon test results that have been monitored by the state. To help protect residents, the Greene County Public Health offers homeowners free test kits.

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Keep in mind that there is no such thing as safe levels of radon; however, if your home tests above level 4 you should definitely take action to mitigate the problem by contracting with a qualified contractor. That's why January is a great time to test, "said Chrystine Kelly, who serves as the CDPHS radon program manager, in a recent department press release".

Residents can also get radon test kits from the New York State Department of Health, for a fee of $11. Once it is indoors, radon can accumulate to unhealthy levels. If the follow-up tests confirm elevated radon concentrations, then radon mitigation is recommended. "PHMDC also has test kits for sale at $10 per kit". Logan County has an average radon level of 4.4 pCi/L. At the end of three days, the kit is mailed (pre-addressed and postage paid) to North Carolina with results available online four days later.

For more information on radon testing, visit www.coloradoradon.info, where you can find a list of contractors certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program to install radon mitigation systems. As with many home repairs, the cost of radon mitigation varies. "It's important to note that while there will always be a positive reading for radon in every home, it may not be at what is called an action level".


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