Friday, 01 25, 2013
Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786
January is ‘Radon Action Month’
Governor Steve Beshear has declared January as "Radon Action Month" in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Department for Public Health is encouraging residents to start the year by testing your home for radon.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can enter homes through cracks in the floor or spaces around utility pipes and can accumulate to unsafe levels unless properly mitigated.
“Radon is a form of natural radiation that comes from the decay of uranium in the ground and which can potentially lead to lung cancer,” said Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, Commissioner of Public Health.
Long-term radon exposure is considered to be the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. Of the homes currently tested for radon in Kentucky, over 40 percent have radon levels higher than what is recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Despite these facts, many Kentuckians still choose to ignore the health warnings about radon potentially increasing their risk for radon-induced lung cancer.
Kentucky homeowners who want to learn more about the dangers of radon gas or who are interested in finding out how to test their homes for radon may contact the Kentucky Radon Program at (502) 564-4856 or access their website at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/info/phps/radongas.htm. Free Radon test kits are available through select county health departments and the Department for Public Health’s website.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.