Test Home for Radon in January

— Written By Eleanor Summers and last updated by

January is National Radon Action Month. In recognition, the North Carolina Radon Program is providing free radon test kits to residents of North Carolina. The kits are made possible with funding by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In Burke County, free radon kits will be available from Burke County Cooperative Extension at 130 Ammons Drive, Morganton, N.C. Brief educational sessions giving instructions on radon and using the short-term radon testing kits will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and on January 24, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. by Eleanor Summers, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent. Call 828-439-4460 to pre-register.

Radon is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a measurement of radioactivity. Radon levels can vary widely from house to house, so it is best not to rely on the test results of your neighbors to determine if you have a radon problem in your home. Testing your home for radon, a measurement of radioactivity, is as simple as opening a package, placing a radon detector in a designated area, and after the prescribed number of days, sealing the detector back in the package and mailing it to a lab for evaluation. The analysis is usually available within a week to ten days by e-mail or regular mail with recommendations for the individuals home. Since a limited number of free test kits are available, persons receiving radon testing kits are asked to complete the testing within one month.

Burke County has been designated as a Zone 2 County by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, which means some areas in the county are know to have elevated levels of radon. There are a limited number of test kits and free distribution will continue as long as supplies last. Additional information about The North Carolina Radon Program is on the Internet at ncradon.org and on the Burke County Cooperative Extension website at http://burke.ces.ncsu.edu.