Health department encourages residents to test home for radon

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ALLEN COUNTY — 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 12-1 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.