January is National Radon Action Month

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Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced over long periods of time from decaying uranium in the earth.  Radon decay products are known carcinogens due to their ability to damage DNA after entering the lungs.  Radon gas can be measured at low levels everywhere on the planet because it is constantly seeping up through the ground.  When radon moves through the soil under your home it can enter through small holes in the foundation floor.  The primary driving force is the temperature and pressure differences between the inside of your heated home and the outside environment, which are highest during the winter.  In other words, the best time to test for radon is the coldest winter months, because the levels of radon being pulled into your home will be highest.  Elevated radon levels can be found in any home, whether it is new or old.  The only way to know how much radon is in your home is to perform a test.  

You can take action during National Radon Action Month by stopping at the Oak Creek Health Department and picking up an inexpensive and user friendly test kit.  Stop in, pick up a kit, and talk to an environmental health specialist about radon and how to perform the test in your home.

Short-term test kit       $6
Long-term test kit        $10