Radon Levels Are High In Montana. Get A Free Test.

January is National Radon Action Month.

Is Radon Harmful?  

Yes, it can be.  Odorless, tasteless, and colorless, radon gas can build up in homes over the years.  To much exposure to high levels of radon can increase the risk of lung cancer.  The only way to know if you are exposed to high levels of radon is with testing for this harmful gas.  Winter is the best time to test for radon as we tend to have our homes less ventilated than in the summer months, when we have open doors and windows.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non‐smokers and roughly 21,000 people die every year from radon caused lung cancer in the United States.

According to several studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Are Radon Levels Higher in Montana?

Yes.

Montana's geology makes it prone to elevated radon levels. Testing your home and mitigating, if necessary, is the best method to protect yourself from long-term exposure.

DEQ Energy Bureau Chief Ben Brouwer.

The DEQ recommends action needs to be taken if the radon level is at or above 4.0 pCi/L.  Approximately half of the Montana tested homes had levels at or above the 4.0pCi/L level.

Can I Really Get a Free Radon Test?

Yes.  You really can get a free radon test.  For the month of January the Montana Department of Environmental Quality is offering free test kits to test the radon levels Montanans' homes.

More information about radon in Montana or to order a free test kit, visit: https://deq.mt.gov/energy/Programs/radon

What Do I Do if My Radon Levels are Above the DEQ Recommended Level?

If your radon test results come back above the recommended level then mitigation is needed.  To find a professional that is certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program, the DEQ has compiled a list of recommended professionals in Montana.

Details of that list and more information can be found here.

Find the news release on our Official State Website:  Montana.gov.

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