High levels of radon in your home can expose you and your family to radiation, which can damage your lungs and increase your risk of developing lung cancer.
Radon is naturally occurring and comes from the radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States - and the leading cause among non-smokers. One in four households tested in Nevada have levels at or above 4 pCi/l. The aggregated information from the test results will be used to update statewide Radon Potential Maps, which show the likelihood of radon in a specific region.
"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 test is simple, quick, and low-cost.
"Soil that's kind of in the Redlands is kind of a shale soil and they're usually higher levels in that type of soil versus the granite in the Mesa".
It is recommended that homeowners retest for radon every 2-5 years or if there have been any structural changes such as an addition or finishing a basement.More news: Tesco books steep rise in sales over Christmas
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The EPA suggests installing a mitigation system if your home is at a level of 4 picocuries or more per liter of indoor air. If the follow-up tests confirm elevated radon concentrations, then radon mitigation is recommended. The maximum reading for Greene County was 590 pCi/L, the minimum Greene County reading was 0.1 pCi/L, with an average reading of 7.14 pCi/L.
For more information on radon testing, visit www.coloradoradon.info, where you can find a list of contractors certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program to install radon mitigation systems.
That's why January is Radon Action Month, a time to encourage the public to live a healthy winter by taking lifesaving measures.
The good news is test kits are pretty cheap at $10. "It's an easier time to test than the summer months".
Testing should be done in the lowest lived in level of a home. The envelope is sent to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality laboratory, where turnaround for the results is approximately two weeks.
The Extension Office has partnered with San Juan Basin Public Health to present several community meetings to discuss radon.