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Idaho’s Updated Website Serves as Useful Radon Resource

by Margaret Henderson

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Indoor Environment Program has an updated website with many features to advise the public about radon. https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/IndoorEnvironment/Radon/tabid/939/Default.aspx

It can be accessed through the Healthy Homes link or by search of the department website. A survey on the website invites you to evaluate the usefulness and organization of the site, which operates quickly and is easy to navigate.

An ArcGis Interactive map of radon in Idaho, showing percent of high radon levels in Idaho counties, is provided. For instance, for Custer County, 78% had high radon levels (above 3.9 pCi/L per the map legend are considered “high”). Butte County, next to Custer, had 67% with high radon levels. The map has had 31,506 views. See http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=bc962a4dd7b84ababa720a9b00f555bc&extent=-120.624,42.4161,-104.7048,48.1154%27%20target=%27_blank%27%3E

Radon videos are posted in English and Spanish and advise that all Idahoans test for radon and advising where to get test kits. The videos note that two in five homes tested in Idaho have levels in excess of 4 pCi/L, the EPA recommended action level.

Additionally, information is provided about radon and real estate through a brochure. https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Portals/0/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/Radon_Real_Estate_Brochure.pdf

For more information about radon in Idaho:

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Indoor Environment Program
Telephone 1-800-445-8647.
email to radon@dhw.idaho.gov