The New York Department of Health is reminding all New Yorkers to test their homes for radon during National Radon Action Month. Testing for radon is considered extremely important as radon is invisible, odorless, and tasteless radioactive naturally occurring gas.
“Being unable to see, taste, or smell radon does not mean it is harmless,” Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. “Radon is a silent killer but there is an easy way to test for it so the risks can be substantially reduced. I urge all New Yorkers to test their homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings so steps can be taken to mitigate exposure to this serious health risk.”
Cortland County is among 39 other counties in the state that is considered a high risk County. Radon can be exposed in any type of home, new or old, has a basement or was built on a slab.
The Department of Health recommends testing for radon every 5 years and re-tested after a remodel, weatherizing, or after a radon mitigation. Cortland County residents looking for radon test kits may call the County Health Department at 607-428-5410.