According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States resulting in an estimated 14,000 lung cancer deaths annually. Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is produced naturally in the soil. Radon becomes a problem when it builds up indoors. Radon enters homes through cracks in slabs or basements, floors, and walls, and through openings around sump pumps.
Your home could contain high levels of radon. Cayuga County is one of 37 New York counties that have been designated as high radon risk areas by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York State Department of Health. Many of County residents have already tested their homes for radon. A large percentage of these test results indicate radon levels above EPA's recommended level for taking remedial action. If you haven't tested your home for radon, do it now.
If your home contains high levels of radon, there are things that can be done to reduce these levels. There are contractors in all areas of New York who have met certain requirements and are trained to identify and fix radon problems within residences.
Free Radon Kits are available beginning November 2017 at the following locations:
Aurora Free Library 370 Main Street, Aurora
Cayuga County Health Department 8 Dill Street, Auburn
Port Byron Library 12 Sponable Drive, Port Byron
Powers Library 29 Church Street, Moravia, NY 13118
Sennett Town Hal 6931 Cherry Street, Auburn
Seymour Library 176 Genesee Street, Auburn
Springport Free Library 171 Cayuga Street, Union Springs
Weedsport Free Library 2795 E Brutus Street, Weedsport