Radon test kits still available

A handful of free radon test kits remain at the Jefferson County Environmental Health office.

Fairfield Kiwanis Club donated 50 test kits to be given out to people who haven?t tested their house for radon before. Eighteen of those are left. Testing with a kit usually takes between three and seven days.

Members of the public can pick up a free test kit from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the environmental health department, in the Jefferson County Highway Department Building at 901 N. Eighth St.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas which can infiltrate any type of building. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is especially prevalent in Iowa. In fact, the state has the highest percentage of homes above the EPA recommended action level, and testing is the only way to find out.

For questions, call Jefferson County Environmental Health director Dan Miller at 472-2561.