It enters homes and other buildings through small cracks and holes in the foundation, where it becomes trapped and accumulates in the air.
Test kits are available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories. All they do is simply peel off the label, you set it about over 20 inches off the ground in your lowest livable level of your home.
Place the kit for a few days, away from ventilation and use the winter months to test your home.
Kits can be picked up at the public health clinic on Meade Street Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. "It can build up in your home, get into the air you breathe and can cause lung cancer in you and your loved ones", said Dr. Ruppert.More news: Ibuprofen can cause male infertility
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Radon gas, which accounts for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, is second only to smoking as a source for lung cancer. "New homes can be placed on property that has radon occurring in it", said Debra Hesse, Cancer Services Resource Manager. Knowing that there is a high probability of a risky agent lurking in your house, of all the initiatives you plan to undertake to promote improved health in your household, don't you think identifying Radon contamination in your home should be first on that list?
"Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed". It is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the US and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. 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. "Testing for radon is simple and low-cost", Marshall said.
If you haven't tested your home for radon recently, now's a good time. There is no safe level for radon, but the EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend fixing homes that have levels at or above 4pCi/L (picocurie per liter).
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.