Public Health and Wellness offering free test kits during Radon Action Month

January 10, 2022

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering free radon test kits while the supply lasts. You can request a kit by visiting this link or by calling 502-574-6650. The test kits come with an instruction sheet and postage to send back to the lab for it to be analyzed free of charge.  The only way to know a building has radon and if you’re being exposed is to test.

 Living in a home with high radon levels can be dangerous for your health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.

Kentucky is at high risk for radon exposure with about 40 percent of homes estimated to have unsafe levels. The only way to know if radon exists at dangerous levels in your home is to test for it. Home radon tests are simple and inexpensive — and can help save lives. Homeowners can test their homes with a simple kit — and if their home has high radon levels, they can fix it. Radon reduction repairs can be completed by a licensed radon mitigation contractor.

"Radon can exist at dangerous levels in homes in Louisville, but people may not know it because it’s a gas that you can’t smell or see,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the city’s chief health strategist. “We encourage people to take advantage of the free test kits to test their homes for radon.”

Here are a few tips to help prevent radon in your home:

  • Stop smoking and discourage smoking in your home.
  • Smoking significantly increases the risk of lung cancer from radon.
  • Increase airflow in your house by opening windows and using fans and vents to circulate air.
  • Seal cracks in floors and walls with plaster, caulk, or other mate­rials designed for this purpose.
  • Seek a qualified contractor to help remove the radon from your home.

You can raise radon awareness in your community during National Radon Action Month by:

  • Testing your home and encouraging friends and neighbors to test.
  • Requesting test kits for HOA or neighborhood watch meetings.
  • Organizing a time for everyone in your neighborhood to test their homes together.
  • Sharing the test kit information on your neighborhood’s Facebook page.

For more information, go to https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness/radon

 

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