National Radon Action Month: Testing homes for radon can save lives

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January is National Radon Action Month, meaning now is a good time to become informed about radon and radon exposure in your home.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in the soil that is a result of uranium decay.

Brian Hanson, the K-State Engineering Extension Radon Program Coordinator, says radon can eventually make its way from the soil into a house, posing a health risk to the occupants of the home.

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Radon is an inert gas, meaning it cannot be detected by human senses.

Luckily, Hanson says homeowners can test their homes for radon with a radon test kit.

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The test kits available at Kansas-county extension offices cost less than $10 each.

According to Hanson, there are two types of radon test kits.

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Once the kit has been used, it is sent to a laboratory that determines the result of the test.

Those with questions about the results of their test kit are encouraged to contact the Kansas Radon Program at 1-800-693-5343 or 785-532-6026.

Hanson explains how often homeowners should test for radon:

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It is also recommended that those who are about to purchase a house should make sure a professional radon test is done as part of the home inspection.

If a home tests high for radon, Hanson says one option is to install an Active Soil Depressurization system.

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For more information about radon and radon exposure, visit kansasradonprogram.com.

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