Homeowners Encouraged To Test For Radon

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Low-priced short-term test kits are available at the Kendall County Health Department; they can also be purchased from local home and hardware stores. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 yearly lung cancer U.S. deaths are associated with radon.

What you don't see can in fact hurt you, especially if it's radon, a tasteless, colorless and odorless gas that can build up in homes without residents' knowledge. Testing for radon during the cooler months is highly recommended as many doors and windows remain closed, leaving limited space for the invisible gas to escape. You can order here and find more information about radon gas. Radon-resistant construction should be incorporated for new homes as well as major remodels when air flow is altered.

What if someone told you that in spite of all of those efforts, you may be placing your health and the health of those who live with you in peril by ignoring a life-threatening hazard in your own home?

The Extension Office has partnered with San Juan Basin Public Health to present several community meetings to discuss radon.

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Homes with radon levels of four (4) picocuries per Liter (4 pCi/L) or higher should be fixed. "The only way to know if your home has radon is to test". "Testing for radon is simple and cheap", Marshall said.

Public health organizations and lung cancer survivors are working together this month to relay a simple but potentially life-saving message to Minnesotans statewide: protect yourself and your family from lung cancer by testing your home for radon. A radon testing kit can be purchased at most home or hardware stores.

Radon usually comes from the surrounding rocks and soil under your home's foundation and can enter through cracks and openings on the lowest level of your home.

For information on local radon levels by zip code, how to test, health risks, and how to reduce radon in a house, go to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services website at www.lowradon.org or call the Northeast Wisconsin Radon Information Center at 920-683-4454. Remediation will cost you around $1,000.