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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Radon Testing Results: Kits still available

Radon is naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water that can build up to dangerous levels inside any home, this means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.  Radon gas is odorless and invisible, and the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test for it.

Radon has been found in every state.  In fact, radon levels can vary greatly from home to home - even levels next door can be very different.

Breathing radon can increase your risk of lung cancer.  It is the number one cause of lung cancer among people that do not smoke.

Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measurement of radioactivity.  In the United States, the average indoor radon level is about 1.3 pCi/L.  The average outdoor level is about 0.4 pCi/L.  The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend fixing homes with radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L..  EPA also recommends that people think about fixing their homes for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4pCi/L.

The St. Francis Health Department does have a few kits remaining.  You can contact the Health Department at 414-481-2300 x4313

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