Testing a home for radon could mean a free Fitbit

Radon test kits are available for $5 throughout January which is National Radon Action Month at Oakland County Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield

State offers free radon test kits

Decades of scientific research have shown a strong correlation between breathing harmful concentrations of radon gas - over long periods of time - with an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that, if accumulated at high levels, can be unsafe. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the USA and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

You're supposed to test for radon in the lowest part of your house and sometimes that may mean in your closet.

Radon testing isn't expensive and can be done either by a professional or by purchasing your own kit. Radon test kits can also be purchased at local hardware stores.

If you haven't tested your home for radon recently, now's a good time.

January is National Radon Action Month, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Radon Education Program is offering free short-term radon test kits to Nevadans from Jan. 1 through February 28.

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The Outagamie County Public Health Department says the only way to know if you have a safe level of radon inside your home is to conduct a radon test.

Radon levels in the outdoors are usually harmless; however, radon can build up indoors to risky levels.

Place the kit for a few days, away from ventilation and use the winter months to test your home. If your home does have high levels of radon, a qualified radon mitigation contractor can make repairs to solve the problem and protect your family. Perform a radon test after installing a new heating system or central air conditioning. According to the EPA, mitigation systems can cost between $800 and $2,500 with an average cost of $1,200.

That's why January is Radon Action Month, a time to encourage the public to live a healthy winter by taking lifesaving measures. "PHMDC also has test kits for sale at $10 per kit". Confidential results are available online a few days later, or they can be mailed to the homeowner within approximately two weeks.

Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied.

The Extension Office has partnered with San Juan Basin Public Health to present several community meetings to discuss radon.

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