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Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is working with the Utah Cancer Action Network, Utah County Health Department, and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality to bring public awareness about the potential health effects of radon and encourage community members to test their homes for the deadly gas. Additionally, Habitat for Humanity of Utah County currently builds all of its new homes Radon Resistant and installs mitigation systems in all renovation homes.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Utah and the first leading cause for non-smokers. High levels of indoor radon have been found in many areas of Utah. Because radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in soil and rocks through the breakdown of uranium, testing is the only way to know the radon level in a home. If test results are 4.0 pico liters or above, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that the homeowners install a radon mitigation system.

Radon test kits are available at the Habitat ReStores in Orem or Spanish Fork for $10.00. Kits can also be purchased online.

You can also contact the Utah County Health Department (see contact information below) and arrange for a free Continuous Radon Monitor that can test your home for radon and give you results in 2 days.

For further questions regarding radon, contact Andrea Jensen at 801-851-7509 or at Andreaj.uchlth@state.ut.us. You can also visit the DEQ website, at www.radon.utah.gov.