Radon Awareness in Cherokee County

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You may have seen articles on Radon Awareness or even attended one of the radon classes sponsored by N.C. Cooperative Extension. These classes provided information about the dangers of radon and recommended remedial efforts if your home tests above 4piC/L. During January Free radon test kits are available online at ncradon.org.

Radon classes will be held at the new Extension Education building located behind the Murphy Health and Fitness Center during the month of January. The class will be repeated each week from 10 until 11 a.m., January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020. There is an expiration date on the radon test kits. It is best to test your home for radon in the winter months.

If you have questions about radon, information is available at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Cherokee and Clay County offices. Please take this seriously. Lung cancer attributed to radon is second only to cigarette smoking. The EPA attributes 21,000 deaths per year in the U.S. Our area is particularly susceptible since our soil content is high in uranium. It is the natural decay of uranium that produces radon gas. The radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs. This can cause lung cancer.

If your neighbor tested their home for radon and the levels were below 4piC/L, this does not mean that your home should also test below 4piC/l. It depends on the soil composition under your home. All types of buildings are susceptible. Homes with basements, homes with crawl space, or homes built on a slab- all need to be tested.

If you have well water, Radon in your water could also be an issue. Radon is a gas that can enter your home through your floors/foundation and from radon dissolved I groundwater.