January 2014 Declared “National Radon Action Month”
January has been declared “National Radon Action Month” according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health problem and encourage radon testing during January awareness drive. Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. A recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as America’s leading in-home hazard. If a home has not been tested for radon in the past two years, the EPA and the Surgeon General suggest that homeowners take action. The South Central Environmental Health Consortium (SCEHC), serving Sauk, Columbia, Adams, and Juneau counties, provides cheap home test kits. These can be purchased from your local health department or one of nine radon test distribution centers throughout the counties. This short-term test kit determines the radon level over a 48 hour period and costs ten dollars. The SCEHC has multiple staff members certified in radon measurement. The SCEHC will provide advice and information on any questions regarding radon. To purchase a radon kit, contact the Juneau County Health Department at (608) 847-9373.
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