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Free Radon Testing Kits Available

By Staff | Jan 21, 2010

You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home.

Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States are radon-related.

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. There are no noticeable symptoms such as a headache or an upset stomach to indicate that Radon is present. Symptoms will appear only after lung cancer has developed, which may take several years.

Radon is found in outdoor air and in the indoor air of buildings of all kinds. There are low levels of radon outdoors, but sometimes high levels of Radon can be found indoors. Radon can enter homes and buildings through cracks in floors, walls or foundations.

Testing is the only way to know if your home has elevated radon levels. If you find you have a Radon problem in your home it can be corrected with Radon reduction systems which can bring the amount of Radon down to a safe level.

Palo Alto County Community Health Services has a limited number of free Radon testing kits available for the public on a first come, first served basis. The kits are very easy to use. Kits may be picked up at the Palo Alto County Community Health Office, located at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

Anyone with questions about Radon or about the free Radon testing kits, call Community Health at 712-852-5419. Information is also available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s web site at www.epa.gov/radon/