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Free Radon Test Kits Offered In Jefferson County

Free Radon Test Kits Offered In Jefferson County

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 colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs from the natural breakdown of the soil is affecting 50% of properties in Colorado. Or you may wish to seek the services of one of many local licensed radon measurement professionals.

If elevated radon concentrations are found, can it be fixed?

"Testing for radon is simple and low-priced", Marshall said.

It said while outdoor radon poses a relatively low risk to health, it can enter homes from surrounding soil and become a hazard inside.

"You can't see or smell radon, so testing is the only way to know how high the radon levels are in your home", said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG.

Test kits are available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories.




Testing kits can also be purchased at the American Lung Association website or by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA. "This means the EPA predicts that homes within our area could have high radon levels".

McFarland added that it's important for people to do not forget to correctly fill out the card that comes with the kit, indicating a start date and time when the test began followed by the end date and time.

The kits are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's State Indoor Radon Grant fund, and are limited to one free test kit per household. Such systems should be installed by a certified mitigation contractor. Logan County has an average radon level of 4.4 pCi/L. "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". 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.

The cost of a radon mitigation system can vary, but typically runs around $1,200.

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