January is considered Radon Awareness Month and for Cortland County, it has the highest average basement and first floor radon readings in New York State. The Cortland County Health Department is reminding residents to install a radon test kit, if you haven’t done so.
Radon is a radioactive gas that forms naturally when uranium, thorium, or radium, which are radioactive metals, break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. Anyone can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes through cracks and gaps in buildings and homes. Because radon comes naturally from the earth, people will always be exposed to it. Radon is known to cause lung cancer, according to the Health Department.
Free Radon test kits are available through the health departments Healthy Neighborhoods program at 607-428-5410 or visit cortland-co.org for more information on Healthy Neighborhoods and radon.
The only way to know if there is radon in your home is to test.