Summit County, UT — To promote greater radon awareness, Summit County Health has developed a new radon heat map available at summitcountyhealth.org/radon. As part of Radon Awareness Month this January, the health department encourages residents to test their homes for potentially harmful radon levels.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Radon enters the air of your home through cracks, pipes, or ventilation, putting you and your family at risk. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon is a leading cause of lung cancer in Utah. It is important to test every few years because radon levels may change overtime.
“The local radon map can be useful to see what areas are affected and is a tool to help increase awareness on radon levels in Summit County,” Summit County Health Epidemiologist Nancy Porter said. “This initiative highlights the importance of understanding and addressing the potential health risks associated with radon exposure.”
Residents can help Summit County Health track high areas of radon in our communities by testing their homes. The local radon heat map, gathers data from radon test kits that Summit County Health provides for $10. This cost includes lab analysis. Visit our Kamas, Coalville or Park City offices to pick up your test kit today.