Radon occurs naturally from the decay of uranium in the soil and can accumulate to dangerous levels inside the home. Elevated levels of the colorless, odorless gas are the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. New York residents can obtain a radon test kit for $8.50 from the New York State Department of Health by calling the state’s Radon Program toll-free at 1-800-458-1158 or by visiting the web site at http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/radiological/radon/radon.htm.
Kits may also be purchased at local hardware stores. For more information about Radon, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/radon/