Wyoming Dept. of Health: Radon Awareness

Wyoming Dept. of Health: Radon Awareness

Though the gas won't cause immediate harm, it's important to test your house for radon levels, says the Wyoming Department of Health.

Steve Melia Radon, Program Manager with the Wyoming Department of Public Health explains what radon is.

Like cell phone waves traveling not visible to the human eye, Melia said, radon cannot be detected by human senses. So, special test kits are needed to detect radon levels inside your home.

Test kits can be purchased at Alpine Climate Control, from Rudy Nichols, at the Sheridan County Public Health office and other hardware stores. Kits generally cost between around $10.

Over a long period of time radon can cause lung cancer. Melia explains the most important thing the Wyoming Department of
Health wants people to know about radon.

Some homes can be mitigated to levels at or below 1.0, while some older homes can be reduced below 4.0 to levels to 2 and 3 because of the way foundations of homes were built in the past. Melia said as long as the level is below 4.0, homes should be safe.

Mitigation systems in the Sheridan area are provided by Alpine Climate Control and All American Heating and Cooling, so those with levels of more than 4.0 can contact one of those businesses for more information.

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