Logan County Health District

 

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All Homeowners are Encouraged to Test Their House for Radon

 

Radon Deaths

 

Ohio Radon Counties

 

 

EPA estimates that radon causes thousands of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

 

 

Red Zones:  Counties with the highest potential for elevated indoor radon levels

Orange Zones:  Counties with a moderate potential for elevated indoor radon levels

 

    

    All homeowners are encouraged to test the lowest level of their house for Radon. It has been known since the 1980s that humans face a health threat from naturally occurring Radon gas.  Radon causes lung cancer.  It is second only to cigarette smoking as the cause of lung cancer.  When smoking and radon are both present as co-carcinogens the rate of lung cancer is significantly increased. Children playing on the floor are more vulnerable.

    Different studies debate the actual number of annual deaths caused by Radon, but even with the least estimate of 22,000 per year in U.S., there is cause for alarm.  Logan County, along with two-thirds of Ohio, is identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a high risk area for occurrence of Radon accumulation in homes.  Radon is unseen with no odor, but can easily be detected using a test kit.

     Unlike some environmental hazards to health, persons can easily take action against Radon gas.  The first step is to test your home.  Testing should be done when windows are ordinarily closed for a three or four day period.  Late fall and winter are good times to test when windows and doors are no longer left open.  This will yield the highest levels of Radon a person may be exposed to.  The test kit is placed in the basement or lowest level of the home for 3-4 days then sealed and dropped in the mail (postage prepaid).  The lab sends a confidential report within days.

     If test results are high enough for concern, residents can review their options to remove Radon from their home and take whatever action they decide is necessary.  Radon comes from the natural rock decay processes in subsoil.  It is trapped in buildings as the subsoil air rises through cracks and pores in foundations.  Removal of Radon is usually accomplished by penetrating the subsurface beneath a building and venting the subsurface air through the roof.  This process is inexpensive during building construction, but is also very feasible for existing buildings.  A list of licensed contractors and specialists in Ohio is available from the Logan County Health District, Environmental Health Division. Unseen, unnoticed disease-carrying agents like Radon gas tend to take a back seat to diseases with more immediate impact.  People cannot always take direct action against such threats, but in the case of Radon, it is easy to detect and remove.  Anyone can take action against Radon. 

ODH Radon Testing Pamphlet

ODH Radon Testing Fact Sheet

ODH Radon Website

EPA Radon Website




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