Free radon-detection kits now available

Radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted, but it could be present at dangerous levels in your home.

The Allen County Department of Health is urging residents to reduce their risk of lung cancer by having their homes tested. Testing is simple and free test kits are available at the following locations in Allen County only while supplies last:

Allen County Department of Health

200 E. Berry St., Suite 360

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Vector Control & Environmental Services

2242 Carroll Road

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed from noon-1 p.m. for lunch)

Grabill Town Hall

13717 1st St.

Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Leo-Cedarville Town Hall

13909 Pony Express Run

Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Monroeville Utility Department

101 S Water St.

New Haven Utility Payment Office

City Hall, 815 E Lincoln Hwy.

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Woodburn City Hall

22735 Main St.

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. Because it is odorless and invisible, the only way to detect exposure is through testing.

Follow the directions on the packaging for proper placement of the device and where to send the test kit to get your results. If a high radon level is detected, a professionally installed reduction system can remove the radon from beneath the home and discharge it harmlessly outside.

Kits can also be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores for around $30, or a qualified radon professional can be hired to test homes.

For more information on radon, visit www.allencountyhealth.com or www.epa.gov/radon.

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