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.

High-Risk Areas

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 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. The best time to test for radon is in the colder months, typically November-March. 

Taking Action

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.


The Cayuga County Health Department currently has a limited supply of Radon Kits available until December 2023.