Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas
1/7/2016 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO –The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) would like to remind residents that January is National Radon Action Month. Licking County has the highest average indoor radon levels in the state and high levels of radon can pose significant health risks.
“I encourage all residents to test their homes for Radon,” said Joe Ebel, Licking County Health Commissioner. “Because Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas, the only way to tell if you have high levels in your home is to conduct a simple test.”
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is normally dispersed into outdoor air but can reach harmful levels when trapped inside buildings. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. It is estimated that 70 percent of Licking County homes contain elevated levels of Radon.
The LCHD urges county residents to take action during National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon this month. For more information on Radon contact the Health Department at (740) 349-6535.
“The Licking County Health Department serves more than 160,000 citizens in the Licking County General Health District by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles with a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.”