Free radon test kits still available to residents

January 14th, 2013

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan. 14, 2013) –You can’t see it or smell it, but radon could be present at a dangerous level in your home. The only way to know for certain is to test.

January is National Radon Action Month and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is still offering residents free test kits while supplies last.

Test kits can be picked up Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Department of Health’s administrative office on the 3rd floor of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Vector Control and Environmental Services, 2242 Carroll Road.

The free radon test kits can also be picked up at the following locations:

  • Grabill Town Hall, 13717 1st St.; Mon. – Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Leo-Cedarville Town Hall, 13909 Pony Express Run; Mon.– Fri. 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Monroeville Utility Department; call (260) 740-8041 or 740-8042 for information.
  • New Haven City Hall, Utility Payment Office, 815 Lincoln Hwy. E., Mon.– Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Woodburn City Hall, 22735 Main St.; Mon.– Fri., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Radon is a natural, radioactive gas that is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. It is formed from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water under homes. Radon can seep up from the ground into buildings through cracks in foundations, basement walls, and sump pumps. Both old and new homes can have unsafe levels of radon.

Long-term exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The only way to know if you are being exposed to radon in your home is to run a test.

For more information about radon, visit www.allencountyhealth.com  or call the national radon information line, 1-800-767-7236.

About Radon

Long-term exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The only way to know if you are being exposed to radon in your home is to run a test. Test kits are available free at the Department of Health and for purchase at area hardware and home improvement stores. If a high level of radon is found, the radon can be reduced with a proper mitigation system installed by a qualified professional.

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Contact: John Silcox, (260) 449-7395, john.silcox@allencounty.us