Lake County Health Department has officially announced radon kits will be available for only $10, offering the residents to test for the carcinogen more efficiently. The announcement comes in recognition of January being the National Radon Action Month. Lake County Health Department’s spokeswoman, Leslie Piotrowski said that scientist found a compelling link between people exposed to radon and lung cancer.
Furthermore, the American Cancer Society said that the risk of developing lung cancer is exponentially higher in smokers and even those who gave up the practice. The risk of being exposed to radon is even greater since the carcinogen comes in the form of a colorless and odorless natural gas that infiltrates people’s homes through cracks in the foundations and basements.
Health officials warn that the potential of getting exposed to the carcinogen has nothing to do with the age of the structure. The gas can infiltrate one’s living space even if the structure is 100 years old or brand new, all the same, says Leslie Piotrowski.
“It has to do with the soil and cracks in the basement”, warned the spokeswoman for Lake County Health Department.
The kits come with a charcoal-like substance that collects radon particles when left exposed to the air. Furthermore, the package includes a specific set of instructions for efficient testing and an already postage-paid envelope so individuals could mail the results to a laboratory for analysis, the health department stated in a press release.
Moreover, health officials recommend Lake County residents to test for the carcinogen in low temperatures, when doors and windows remain shut. Lake County Health Department’s spokeswoman said the best place to collect samples is in rooms nearest the soil and basements.
People who wish to purchase the kit can find it in building supply and hardware stores, as well as online. Ultimately, the American Cancer Society also warned that exposure to radon may also come from various building materials that contain traces of the carcinogen, including wallboard and concrete. Even though in most cases, radon levels are low, in a few instances the materials may contribute greatly to radon exposure, according to the American Cancer Society’s statement.
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