Prolonged exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in nature. 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.
Residents can also get radon test kits from the New York State Department of Health, for a fee of $11.
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"Anywhere, you can get radon", McNeill said.
The area of the home that has the highest health risk is the lowest livable level (the one closest to the point of entry for Radon). Healthy Teton County's Community Health Improvement Plan created a radon action group to increase the number of homes and buildings in the county that test for radon. One in four households tested in Nevada have levels at or above 4 pCi/l.
Susan Martino, an environmental health specialist at Boulder County Public Health and a project coordinator for the Front Range Public Health Regional Radon Roadmap Project, was present at the city council meeting and accepted the proclamation. If the follow-up tests confirm elevated radon concentrations, then radon mitigation is recommended. The test is simple, quick, and low-cost.
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Testing kits can also be purchased at the American Lung Association website or by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA. Logan County has an average radon level of 4.4 pCi/L.
"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. However, radon gas can enter homes and other buildings through cracks and voids in basement and slab foundations, and poorly sealed crawlspace floors, where the gas can concentrate to harmful levels.
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. Prolonged exposure to radon is responsible for 505 deaths annually in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.
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