Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Radon Awareness


Have you ever wondered if radon is a problem in your home? Or wondered what it is? 

Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It gets into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation and becomes trapped inside. Any home may have a radon problem including new and old homes, well-sealed or drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

How can I tell if there is radon in my home?  The only way to know if you have radon is by testing for it. Like carbon monoxide, radon is colorless and odorless. 


Why do I need to know? Radon can cause lung cancer. Levels of radon can build up over time.


Where is radon found?  Radon may be in your home, workplace, daycare, and schools. As radon builds up, risk of developing lung cancer increases. Radon in your home is a significant concern because that is where most people spend most of their time.


Is it difficult or costly to test for radon?  The tests are inexpensive and take only a few minutes to set up and complete. 


If I have a radon issue, how do I fix it?  Radon reduction systems can reduce radon by 99%.  The first step however is to know whether or not you have a radon problem.


How can I get a free radon test kit?  Contact the Clinton County Healthy Neighborhoods Program at 518-565-4870 to schedule a home visit. The Healthy Neighborhoods Program addresses a variety of indoor air quality concerns including radon. Free radon test kits and other home safety products are available based upon your household’s needs.  For more information about this free service, check out our website www.clintonhealth.org/healthyneighborhoods.

Find additional radon information at www.epa.gov/radon.

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