January is Radon Action Month
January is National Radon Action Month and Utah residents can test their homes for $9 by going to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s website radon.utah.gov. The Tooele County Health Department has radon test kits for sale for only $5.
Winter is the perfect time to test your home for radon because all of your doors and windows are closed. Testing your home is the only way to know if your home has elevated levels. Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. More Americans die from lung cancer than any other cancer. Every year there are 21,000 lung cancer deaths.
DEQ will be giving away 100 free radon test kits throughout the month of January 2018.
On Jan. 17 Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox will present a proclamation declaring the month of January Radon Action Month. He will also recognize the Radon Poster Contest winners.Read news release here- Radon Action Month Jan. 2018
1 in 3 Utah homes have elevated radon levels. Studies indicate that most of our radiation exposure comes from indoor radon. Radon, a natural decay product of uranium, is a radioactive gas released from rock, soil, and water. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.
It costs about $1500 to get rid of elevated levels of Radon in your home. You can find a list of certified mitigator professionals on this website. For more information about Radon Action Month activities, hiring a certified professional or how to test your home, visit www.radon.utah.gov.
Short term Radon self-test kits are available for $5 each (while supplies last) at Tooele County Health Department in the Environmental Health Office in Suite 140. Call 435-277-2440 for more information.
To check the results of your radon test kit visit http://getresults.doctorhomeair.com/fmi/webd#Alpha_Track and enter the test kit serial number on the kit you received. Be sure to write down your test kit number before you mail it to the lab.
To contact a certified radon mitigation professional visit http://deq.utah.gov/ProgramsServices/programs/radiation/radon/, on the right hand column select Certified Mitigators /RRNC you will then be directed to http://aarst-nrpp.com/wp/database-search/, select your state and a list of professionals in your area will be displayed.