High Radon Levels Found Across Treasure Valley
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Experts report finding high levels of radon gas in homes across the treasure valley. The only way you can know if your house has radon is with a special test.
Extended exposure to high levels of radon can lead to lung cancer. More than twenty-one thousand deaths every year are beleived to be the result of radon exposure.
Experts say with temperatures dropping, now is the time to test your home. Twenty percent of the homes tested for radon were positive for high levels of the radioactive gas. In Elmore County, that number jumps to forty percent.
The only way to know if your house is in danger is to test it.
"It's simple to test and now it's cheap to test,” said Jim Faust, Manager of the Idaho Radon Program. “Go ahead and test and find out if you do have high levels and if so, you can get it fixed, mitigated, and repaired."
All it takes to test your home is an eight dollar test kit.
Experts say there's no need to panic if you do have high levels of radon in your home.
"Every home that does have high radon levels can be fixed and it's not a real complicated process,” said Faust. “A lot of people do it themselves."
To protect your home from radon, seal cracks in basement walls and pipes leading outside. You can also build a radon exhaust system.
To order a test kit, visit radonidaho.org.
For a video on how to protect your home from radon, watch this video.