Mississippi State Dept. of Health offering free radon test kits


Some homes have had radon levels up to 315 picocuries per liter of air with an average of 6.6 pCi/L.

It's something you won't know is an issue in your home until you look for it, . Would that be something worth putting at the top of your list of New Year's resolutions? Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and second leading cause of lung cancer overall. Over the course of several years, constant exposure to radon increases a person's risk for lung cancer. However, unlike tobacco smoke, it is colorless and odorless, and is undetectable without specialized equipment. Rocks and soil can contain uranium. Radon gas can enter through cracks in homes/buildings/schools and expose people to the radiation. When radon escapes the soil in an open space it poses little if any health threat as it is diluted with fresh air and carried away by surface air movement.

Homes with high levels are found in all regions of Wisconsin, including Kewaunee County. There are neighborhoods in the red level which show high levels of the radioactive gas. He's now encouraging homeowners to test for the radioactive gas. When people breathe in radon, it damages the lungs. Contrary to popular belief, the gas is just as likely to accumulate on the first floor of a home that does not have a basement as it is to accumulate in a basement. The Health Department has a limited supply of free radon test kits for residents.

Radon levels vary throughout CT. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends mitigation at 4 pCi/L. Hiring such an individual will help to ensure that the mitigation is done properly and safely according to industry standards, and the level of radon in your home is reduced below the action level.

"My house has 4 times the levels of radon".

So, now back to our New Year's resolutions.

One can't see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a unsafe level in a home. Let's get the New Year started off right. Winter is the best time to test, which is why January is National Radon Action Month.

Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied.