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Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas found in the Earth’s crust from the breakdown of uranium.
Radon leaks into buildings and integrates into our ventilation systems, thus altering our air quality.
A close runner-up to smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, an estimated 14,000 people die of radon-related lung cancers every year.
To ensure that your home is radon-free, there are many testing procedures available within your area.
Three Rivers District Health Department provides free short-term testing kits in which the homeowner places the radon detection device in the home for three to seven day. After the detection process is complete, the device is sent off and evaluated for traces of radon.
In the instance that radon is a major contaminant within the home, the Environmental Protection Agency provides an ample amount of information regarding radon detection, elimination and prevention. Facts such as fixing your home and providing contractors to improve ventilation are among the many resources available on their website.
If you are interested in a free, short-term radon test kit, you can contact Katie Gilson at (502) 484-5736 for more information.