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Think About Testing for Radon

Like carbon monoxide, radon is odorless and colorless, making it a very dangerous pollutant. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is emitted when uranium decays, and it finds itself trapped in buildings after seeping through soil and groundwater below, where it accumulates.

Because of our location and topography, homes in Farmers RECC’s territory are more prone to radon exposure.

The concern over the presence of radon in homes and buildings stems from research showing an association between radon and lung cancer. Though a far smaller risk than smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The CDC and National Cancer Institute estimate that there are more than 150,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the U.S., and that 15,000 to 22,000 are related to radon exposure.

Fortunately, radon exposure can be reduced as people test and fix their homes. Testing is easy and inexpensive. A short-term radon test typically requires assembling the test in the appropriate location and mailing it in for analysis within a certain number of days. If your test detects a problem, it can be a relatively affordable home repair – comparable to installing an exhaust fan. You will want to find a certified radon mitigator to perform the work.

For more information on test kits and radon, contact the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Most importantly, don’t assume your home is in the clear because of its location or age. Testing for radon is essential, and if a problem exists, understanding and addressing it will reduce future health risks.

The buildings we live in can affect our health in many ways, and indoor air quality continues to be of critical concern. Knowing the risks and remedies and keeping an eye on radon will help make sure you, your family and your home are safe and comfortable.

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