January is Radon Action Month, and as such the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is urging Idahoans to get their homes tested for radon, the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

     According to the department, 2 in 5 homes across the state have higher-than-recommended radon levels and the gas has been found in every county in Idaho.

     “Because you can’t see, taste or smell radon, people may not realize they have high radon levels in their home or be aware of the health effects,” the department stated. “The only way to know if you have a problem is to test your home.”

     Radon, an invisible radioactive gas, originates from natural deposits of uranium and radium in the soil and can build up in homes by entering through foundational gaps and cracks. Nationwide, the gas is responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths every year.

     Home radon tests can be purchased here for $9.95, which includes shipping and test results.

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