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Posted on: January 9, 2024

Summit County Encourages Residents to Test Homes for Radon

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Free kits are available to measure homes for this naturally occurring carcinogen

SUMMIT COUNTY – In observance of Radon Action Month, Summit County Government is encouraging residents to test their homes for this cancer-causing, radioactive gas. Radon naturally occurs at high levels in Summit County and is most easily and accurately detected inside buildings during colder weather when doors and windows are closed.

“We do see high levels of radon throughout Summit County and encourage all residents to test for it in their homes,” said Summit County Senior Environmental Health Specialist Maya Kulick. “If you’ve been meaning to test your home – we provide free test kits and now is a great time of year to check this off your to-do list.” 

An odorless, colorless gas that occurs naturally in soils, rock, and water, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking, and homes are the primary building of concern. 

It escapes into the air and makes its way into a building through the foundation, gaps around pipes, and construction joints. As a building traps the gas, radon can accumulate to dangerous levels.

Homes found to have high levels of radon don’t require major changes to address the problem. A certified radon mitigator can seal cracks and install venting systems and fans that cost-effectively reduce radon levels inside a home.

Summit County Environmental Health offers free radon test kits for residents. The kits are available in the Summit County Environmental Health offices in the County Commons, 0037 Peak One Dr., Frisco, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or at the South Branch Library.

An infographic showing radon entering a home, how it can cause lung cancer, a woman with test kit.

For more information on radon, indoor air quality or obtaining a free radon test kit, visit summitcountyco.gov/556/indoor-air-quality

Contact: Sarah Wilkinson, Interim Public Information Officer, Summit County Government

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