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DPH urges residents to test homes for radon gas

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut State Department of Public Health is urging residents to test their homes for radon gas.

Radon gas is an odorless and invisible radioactive gas and is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Health officials estimate radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

The DPH recommends residents test their homes for radon in the winter months because this is when it tends to build up indoors.

Residents can get a free radon testing kit by completing an online form on the DPH Radon Program website.

Kits can also be purchased from the American Lung Association of New England at 1-800-LUNG-USA or at a local hardware store.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that homes with radon levels at or above 4.0 pCi/L should be fixed. Homeowners should consider fixing homes with radon levels that are between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.

Radon Tests Could Be Required Under New County Council Bill

A new bill introduced Tuesday, June 16, 2015, by the Montgomery County Council would mandate that local home sellers test for the radioactive gas radon and provide buyers with the results.

The intent of the bill is to help home buyers be aware of the existence of the gas, which can cause serious illnesses and often occurs in single-family homes in the county, according to a memo about the bill provided to council members. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium in rocks and soils and typically enters homes through cracks or other holes in the foundation, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mike Holmes: Radon Makes a Comeback

Mike Holmes: Radon Makes a Comeback

Something I haven’t spoken about in a while is now suddenly a hot topic again. What’s everyone asking about? Radon. Go figure.

Most people are scared of radon. The truth is not a lot of people know what it is. They usually think it’s a soil problem. But it’s actually a gas problem.

Radon comes from uranium in the ground. Uranium is everywhere. It’s in all kinds of soil. And when it breaks down, it produces a radioactive gas that is odourless, colourless and tasteless. This gas is radon.

When radon gas is released in the air outside, it gets diluted. But if it finds its way into your home it can accumulate. That’s when it becomes dangerous.
How does radon come into a home? Through unfinished floors, pipes, windows, sumps, cracks in foundation walls and floors, or even through foundation walls. Remember, concrete is porous. Radon is a gas, so it can come through the tiny holes in a home’s foundation walls.

Radon Program Offered Next Month in Fallon

Results show 12 percent of Fallon homes have high gas levels
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

January is National Radon Action Month and the Nevada Radon Education Program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) will offer a radon program on Jan. 26 at the Multi-Purpose Building, Churchill County Fairgrounds, 225 Sheckler Road at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees can learn about the health risks of radon, how to test for it and how to fix radon problems. Radon test kits will be given out free at the program.

All Metro Schools Tested For Radon Gas

All Metro Schools Tested For Radon Gas

Watch this news segment: http://www.newschannel5.com/story/16309255/all-metro-schools-tested-for-radon-gas

More than half of all Metro schools have high levels of the cancer causing gas, radon.

Those are the results after the first phase of testing from the Metro Health Department.

The testing started after a NewsChannel 5 Investigation discovered a forgotten local law that required tests.

Last spring, Metro Health Department employees began hanging radon test kits in every ground level classroom over various weekends.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates has learned all schools have now been tested at least once.

Seventy-eight of Metro's 144 schools have classrooms with radon levels above what the EPA says is acceptable.

Seven of those schools have classrooms more than 5 times higher than the EPA standard.

Give Your Home a Radon Checkup

(Wampsville, NY – Oct. 2011) One of the ways that your Public Health Department helps you live in a healthy community is to keep you apprised of appropriate and timely subjects that affect your and your family’s health.

This month, one of our focus areas is the testing of homes for radon, a naturally occurring gas that can seep into our homes and lungs and cause lung cancer over time. October has been designated “Radon Awareness Month.”

For many years, the state Health Department and the Environmental Protection Agency have conducted intensive educational campaigns on the dangers of radon gas. More than likely, you’ve seen or heard public service announcements as to the long-term, possibly lethal outcomes of elevated radon gas levels.

Do you know what your radon gas level is? Or whether you live in a possibly troublesome area for the presence of radon gas? Maybe it is time you thought about giving your home a radon checkup.

In Search of Radon Gas…What Lies Beneath the Surface of Your Home?

Whenever we think of something toxic coming into our home from the ground up we think of the probability being very slight to none. Think again. To some degree we all realize that toxins exist in just about everything we could possibly come into contact with, live around and become exposed to every single day. However, most toxins can be overcome through practicing a wellness lifestyle (i.e. prevention through nutrition, exercise and spiritual balance). To walk around paranoid would not be wisdom. Instead of looking over your shoulder, why not simply understand the probability of exposure and take action to know/discover if you stand at risk?

Radon Levels High at Some Springfield, Mo. Schools

Elevated levels of radon were found in four of the Springfield elementary schools tested during the 2010-11 year.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services tested 38 school buildings for the gas -- a naturally occurring radioactive material that comes from the soil. The other district buildings will be tested this school year.

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency urges action when the average concentration hits 4 picocuries per liter, which translates to 12,672 radioactive disintegrations in one liter of air during a 24-hour period.

A risk analysis completed by the EPA indicates that at the 4-picocuries-per-liter radon level, seven out of 1,000 people have the possibility of developing lung cancer.

DHSS officials pointed to a guide answering frequent questions and emphasized that there is no imminent risk to the health of individuals occupying the buildings.

Taking test seriously

Why Should I be Concerned about Radon?

What is radon gas? How do I find a professional tester?

Radon is a radioactive gas which comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. It enters a home from ground soils around the foundation walls and through well water. At the present time radon is not regulated in community water supplies. Community water which is supplied from surface water (lakes) is at a low risk from radon. However, if the community water is supplied from wells it could contain radon. If you have concerns about radon in your community water, contact your utility company and ask if the water is tested for radon. The EPA estimates that there are about 21,000 annual radon-related lung cancer deaths every year. (www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks)

Radon Gas in the Home is a Preventable Danger

After cigarettes, exposure is second leading cause of lung cancer, officials say

— CUMBERLAND — Radon gas can, over time, kill you. But making sure your home doesn’t contain harmful levels of the gas only requires a simple test. And radon mitigation doesn’t have to be costly.

“Everyone should test their home for radon,” said Brian Dicken of the Allegany County Health Department.

The test kits available are relatively simple and the test is then sent to a lab, which reports back to the homeowner. Radon gas occurs naturally as uranium in the ground breaks down. Because the gas dissipates quickly, radon isn’t a problem in open areas. In homes, though, the gas can build up, said John DelSignore, a registered sanitarian with the Mineral County, W.Va., health department.

“We’ll provide you with as much information as possible,” he said.