Thursday, January 10 2013, 12:03 PM MST
Radon Awareness Month
(KUTV) Every year, thousands of Americans die from lung cancer. Though smoking is linked to lung cancer, radon is also a risk factor. Radon is a radioactive gas released from rock, soil, and water and it causes about 21,000 deaths annually. Health experts say high levels of radon are often found inside homes.
To raise awareness of Radon, Governor Gary Herbert has declared January 2013 as “Radon Action Month.” The Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Radiation Control recommends everyone test their homes for radon. According to a media release, one-third of the homes tested in Utah have elevated levels of radon gas.
Radon test kits are available at most hardware stores. You can also order a kit by calling (800) 324-5928. You can also order them online by visiting radon.utah.gov.
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