Test Your Home during Radon Action Month
Linn County Public Health joins local, state and national partners in recognizing January as National Radon Action Month. Radon, a radioactive gas, is colorless, odorless and tasteless. This naturally occurring gas is the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, causing an estimated 21,000 deaths annually. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Nearly half of Linn County homes are expected to have elevated radon levels. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive; every home should be tested. Iowa has the highest percentage of homes above the recommended radon level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Simple, proven techniques comparable to the cost of other minor home repair or improvement projects can reduce high radon levels. Every new home should also be tested after occupancy, even if it was built radon-resistant. Low cost radon test kits can be purchased from Linn County Public Health at 501 13th St NW in Cedar Rapids or call 319-892-6000. You can also visit Linn County Healthy Homes online. The EPA recommends radon testing every two years, or when housing conditions change.