Free Radon Test Kits Available

Free Radon Test Kits Available

Free Radon Test Kits Available

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.

Radon can enter a house through cracks in concrete slabs, spaces behind brick veneer walls that rest on uncapped hollow-block foundations, pores and cracks in concrete blocks, floor-wall joints, exposed soil, as in a sump or crawl space, weeping (drain) tile, if drained to an open sump, mortar joints, loose fitting pipe penetrations, open tops of block walls, building materials such as brick, concrete, or rock.

January is National Radon Action Month, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Radon Education Program is offering free short-term radon test kits to Nevadans from Jan. 1 through February 28.

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One can't see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a risky level in a home. "Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk of radon exposure".

"The reason winter is a better time to test is because your house is closed up already", she said. If your home's test results show it is at or above 4 picocuries per liter (or pCi/L), you should install a radon reduction system.

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According to the University of Toledo's Ohio Radon Information System, 11,259 Greene County homes have been tested for radon. "Since you can't see or smell radon, people tend to forget the health effects that radon can have", says Meghan Williams, Environmental Health Specialist for Lincoln County Health Department.

Additional information about National Radon Action Month is available on the EPA National Radon Action Month website. Short-term test kits run cost from $7.30 to $12. After completing a short online form, a free test kit will be mailed within a few weeks.

The answer and effort is simple: test your home. Then, seal the kit and mail it to the certified laboratory for analysis.

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The Extension Office has partnered with San Juan Basin Public Health to present several community meetings to discuss radon.

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