DAYTON — Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County’s Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA), in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and the Union County Health Department, is offering free and reduced-cost radon test kits for Miami Valley homeowners to check their homes for elevated radon levels.
Radon is a colorless, odorless soil gas that can build up in homes and may increase the risk of lung cancer for occupants. The Ohio Department of Health estimates about half of Ohio families live in homes with elevated radon levels.
Testing is the only way to know if elevated levels exist in a home, so the Ohio Department of Health recommends all homes be tested, regardless of age, location, or construction type. Elevated indoor radon levels can be corrected with the installation of a ventilation system to direct the gas outdoors.
Homeowners may request a kit by visiting www.doctorhomeair.com/ohio. Households with an income below $80,500 are eligible to receive one free test kit, and households with an income above $80,500 may purchase kits at a reduced cost of $8.45 per kit.
More radon information is available by visiting www.rapca.org/programs/radon.