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Otsego County identified as high-radon-risk area, radon test kits available

By WKTV News

OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Otsego County Health Department says the county has been identified as a high radon-risk area by the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Health Department and are offering free radon test kits for residents to test their homes.

Radon is a naturally-occurring, cancer-causing radioactive gas that you can't see, smell, or taste, but that could be present at a dangerous level in your home, the County Health Department warns. According to the EPA, exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and is responsible for approximately 20,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

Any home, new or old, can have high radon levels, the county health department warns, adding that two homes right next to each other can have vastly different levels of radon. The only way to know if you are at risk is to test your home, health officials said.

Testing is as easy as opening a package, placing the detector in a designated area, and after a set number of days, sending the detector back to the lab for analysis.

Free radon kits are available to Otsego County residents by calling the Otsego County Health Department at 607-547-7595.

Health officials say that if your home is found to have a radon problem, they can offer available techniques to reduce radon levels.

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