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January is National Radon Action Month

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home.

Radon levels in Johnson County test above the EPA’s radon action level. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America — 200 new cases in Kansas per year. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Do-it-Yourself radon test kits are available for sale from the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office. The fee is $8 each.

Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas produced by the decay of natural radioactive materials found in the soil. It’s a naturally occurring environmental hazard that seeps into homes and other buildings through joints or cracks in the foundation. Extension urges residences to test their homes to ensure they are safe.

Radon kits may be purchased in person at the Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500, Olathe. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is not able to mail or ship test kits.

 For more information, call 913-715-7000 or visit www.johnson.k-state.edu.