How to test your home for radon

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — January is National Radon Action Month, and the state health department is encouraging people to get their homes tested for the colorless, odorless gas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates radon causes more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

"You can't see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home," State Health Commissioner Kris Box said. "By testing, Hoosiers can determine whether a high radon level is present and take steps to fix the problem and ensure their families are breathing safe and healthy air."

Long-term exposure to radon can eventually cause lung cancer, and there is no safe amount for it to breathe.

The EPA predicts more than two-thirds of Indiana counties have an average indoor radon level above what is suggested. (Environmental Protection Agency)
The EPA predicts more than two-thirds of Indiana counties have an average indoor radon level above what is suggested. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Get a short-term test kit from the American Lung Association for just $15 here. The short-term test lasts three to seven days. Other kits are available at most home improvement and hardware stores.

The U.S. Surgeon General recommends fixing homes that have levels at or about 4pCi/L. In Indiana, more than two-thirds of counties have predicted levels above that amount, according to the EPA.

If you find your home has high levels of radon, a contractor should be able to address the issue.

For more information about radon, visit in.gov/isdh and epa.gov/radon.