EPA: Test for radon this month

Staff report

DAYTON — January is National Radon Action Month.

Radon is a colorless, odorless soil gas that can build up in homes and may pose an increased risk of lung cancer to occupants. The only way to know if radon exists at elevated levels in a home is to test, so the U.S. EPA recommends that all homeowners take steps to test their homes.

Many Ohio counties, including those in the Miami Valley, are designated as Zone 1 counties by U.S. EPA, meaning the highest potential for elevated radon levels exists. This makes it especially important for homeowners to consider testing their homes and taking corrective action if needed. The U.S. EPA, Ohio Department of Health, and the Surgeon General recommend all homes be tested for the presence of radon gas.

Homeowners can test their homes using free kits, available by calling 937-225-4898 or emailing radon@rapca.org. Elevated indoor radon levels can be corrected with the installation of a ventilation system to direct the gas outdoors. Homeowners are able to determine the best way to address their radon levels, as testing and correction of elevated levels are not required by law.

Staff report