Time to test for radon

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"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".

The insidious intruder of which I speak is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that the Surgeon General has identified as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas, and it is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. 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. All homes should be tested every two years, before or after remodeling, after installing a radon mitigation system, and after significant seismic activity.

One can't see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a unsafe level in a home.

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Analysis of test data from 2010-2016 found that about 40 percent of Minnesota homes have unsafe levels of radon (4 pCi/L or above).

You're supposed to test for radon in the lowest part of your house and sometimes that may mean in your closet.

"It can be old houses, it can be new houses", said Kevin McNeill, an environmental health sanitarian at the St. Clair County Health Department. The levels can vary greatly within neighborhoods, so all residents should test their home. The unsafe gas sneaks its way into your home by moving into the air from the ground and then through the cracks and holes in your foundation.

The Outagamie County Public Health Department says the only way to know if you have a safe level of radon inside your home is to conduct a radon test. If your home does have high levels of radon, a qualified radon mitigation contractor can make repairs to solve the problem and protect your family. Prolonged exposure to radon is responsible for 505 deaths annually in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Short term tests provide quick results. Options for remediation of radon in the home are available at the CDPH Indoor Radon Program. The health department can also provide contact information for local licensed radon mitigation professionals who can help you mitigate your risk.

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