Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can have serious health consequences, including lung cancer, when excess levels are present in your home. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Johnson County K-State Extension Agent Denise Dias was at the statehouse, in Topeka, to bring attention to this important issue. She, and others with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, joined Lt. Governor Tracey Mann for a proclamation signing ceremony to designate January as Radon Awareness Month.
Dias says radon is prevalent in Johnson County, so it’s important that residents test their homes.
“The average radon test is coming back at 5.3, which is over the action level for radon; because of that, it’s really important to encourage people to test,” Dias said. “And we have a lot of older homes in our county, and even new homes being built should be tested for radon.”
Residents can purchase radon test kits through the K-State Extension office for $10. The kit is left in the house for a couple of days, and then returned for testing. If results show high levels of radon, Dias says addressing the issue is relatively inexpensive and should be done sooner rather than later.
“The only way to know if you have radon gas in your home is to test,” Dias said. “Even if your neighbor has high levels or low levels, it doesn’t matter. Each home is individual and unique, so that’s why you have to test.”
Tune into the latest JoCo on the Go podcast on Monday, Jan. 13, to hear from Dias, along with a radon specialist and homeowner who learned of high levels of radon in his home.
Contact the K-State Extension Office for a radon kit.