Homeowners urged to test for radon

State offers free radon test kits

Radon test kits available

The health department, 3415 28th St., Port Huron, has a limited number of free radon test kits that it's handing out as part of National Radon Detection Month.

The Surgeon General advises, in a press release to NBC26, that exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and that radon combined with cigarette smoke poses an increased risk of lung cancer.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that develops in the soil.

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"We are offering radon test kits at half price to help Oakland County families protect themselves and their loved ones", said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health division manager. "You can not see or smell radon".

Analysis of test data from 2010-2016 found that about 40 percent of Minnesota homes have unsafe levels of radon (4 pCi/L or above). If the route of exit from the ground is blocked by a home foundation and concrete slab, the gas enters that structure through cracks and gaps in the building components.

The Extension Office has partnered with San Juan Basin Public Health to present several community meetings to discuss radon. Radon-resistant construction should be incorporated for new homes as well as major remodels when air flow is altered. "Testing for radon is simple and cheap", Marshall said. Options for remediation of radon in the home are available at the CDPH Indoor Radon Program.

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Keep in mind that there is no such thing as safe levels of radon; however, if your home tests above level 4 you should definitely take action to mitigate the problem by contracting with a qualified contractor.

And if your test may have come back negative a few years ago, she recommends to continue to test your home in the future to avoid any harm. Local indoor radon test data assembled by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency over the last 10 years reveals an alarming statistic: 47 percent of the indoor radon tests performed in Kendall County homes shows results at or above the action limit. Systems can be installed to reduce radon levels. The state estimates that the service may cost $1,200 to $1,500.

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