The Porter County Health Department is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a nationwide campaign to educate local residents about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families.
In Porter County, the Health Department is offering free radon test kits that can be obtained at both the Portage and Valparaiso office.
Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air, but which can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings.
Local health officials said testing homes for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive. Radon test kits can be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores or directly from radon testing companies. Many are priced under $25. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of many common home repairs such as painting or having a new water heater installed.
For more information on radon, radon testing and mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction visit EPA’s National Radon Action Month Web site at www.epa.gov/radon/nram.