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Kewaunee County Health Department urges homeowners to test for radon in January

Kewaunee County Health Department urges homeowners to test for radon in January”

If you would like to have your home tested for radon, call the MSDH Radon Program at 1-800-626-7739.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers a harmful level of radon gas, known as the indoor radon gas "action limit", to be an indoor radon concentration meeting or exceeding 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). In Colorado radon is responsible for almost 500 lung cancer deaths per year.

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. If you breathe into too much of the radioactive gas, you won't know immediately because it can take years of radon exposure before you become ill. "We encourage everyone to test their homes because levels can vary drastically from home to home". Rocks and soil can contain uranium. The lab will send results within two or three weeks. Plug-in monitors are not recommended.

Bob Moody writes from Westminster and is the owner of Diligent Home Inspections LLC, which provides radon testing.

In January of 2016, Durango adopted radon-resistant new construction in its building code, and La Plata County has recommended its inclusion in the pending land-use code. A length of 4-inch PVC pipe goes from the ground to the attic and is hidden within the wall.

Because radon has no taste, smell or color, a home must be tested to find out how much radon is in the air. Exposure is easily controlled.

"January is Radon Action Month, a good time to learn about radon and its risks, and get your home tested announced Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert". 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. There is no charge for attendance at the presentations or for radon screening kits.



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