Radon test kits available

State offers free radon test kits

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

Radon is naturally occurring and comes from the radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.

The cancer survivor and healthcare professional is warning -radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. One in four households tested in Nevada have levels at or above 4 pCi/l.

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

"The reason winter is a better time to test is because your house is closed up already", she said.

"Greene County has been designated as a zone one area on the EPA's radon map", Webb said.

Through March 2, Ford County residents who complete a radon test in its entirety can have their names entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free Fitbit.

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According to healthfinder.gov about 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States have a level of radon that needs to be reduced and half of Colorado homes have radon levels that put residents at risk for future health problems.

Steve Demick, county environmental health director, in a news release encouraged people to take advantage of the chance to test their homes for radon gas.

Place the kit for a few days, away from ventilation and use the winter months to test your home.

Radon levels vary throughout CT. Perform a radon test after installing a new heating system or central air conditioning. Logan County has an average radon level of 4.4 pCi/L.

If your home registers high levels of radon, it can be removed from your home through a variety of mitigation systems. January is National Radon Action Month. Short-term test kits run cost from $7.30 to $12. Tests should be performed in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied.

After leaving the opened kit in the room for the recommended amount of monitoring time, send it to the laboratory for analysis. Confidential results are available online a few days later, or they can be mailed to the homeowner within approximately two weeks.

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

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