January is Radon Action Month: Test Your Home For Radon

Radon Testing

(KUTV) January is Radon Action Month and Fresh Living visited with the Department of Environmental Quality about how you can Test Your Home For Radon.

People may have heard of Radon but may not know much about it. They also may not know that 1 in 3 Utah homes have high levels of radon.

Testing your home for Radon is very important because you can’t see, smell or taste it. Radon is a naturally occurring odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon gas leaks into your home through basement walls, sump pumps and drains and crawl spaces.

Radon is extremely dangerous to your health. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.

New or old, the age of your home isn’t a factor on whether or not you could have high concentrations of radon. It’s also false to assume that if your neighbor tested and their home doesn’t have high levels of radon.

The only way to know if you have radon is to test the air in your home. The good news is testing is easy, fast and inexpensive.

Winter is the perfect time to check your home because all of the windows and doors are closed. January is National Radon Action Month. Utah Cancer Control Program is urging everyone to test their home for radon this month to protect their homes and their families. Testing is the only way to know if your home does not have a radon problem.

You can order a kit from Radon.utah.gov the cost is $9.

You simply place the test in the basement or lowest level of your home. It collects samples from the surrounding air. The test is mailed into a lab and the results are mailed back to you. If the test comes back that you do have high levels of radon Radon.utah.gov is a resource to find certified radon mitigators to bring your home back to safe levels.