Jefferson County Environmental Health promoted Radon Action Month in January by giving out 50 free radon test kits that were donated by the Kiwanis Club.
Forty-six percent of test kits returned were at or above the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi per liter of air, which is equivalent to smoking eight cigarettes a day. What is recommended is to have the home mitigated for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US.
?The only way to know is to have you home tested, which is easy and inexpensive to do,? said Dan Miller, head of the county?s environmental health department. ?Also, the last 12 years of results indicate there is a 50/50 chance any given home in Jefferson County has high radon levels. Again, the only way to know is to test.?
For more information visit www.jeffersoncountyiowa.com and www.NPHW.org