Madison County offering free radon testing

The Madison County Health Department is encouraging residents to take advantage of a free radon testing service to make sure their homes and families are safe.

Madison County is an area known to have high levels of radon, and the only way to know if radon is a problem in your home is to test, and re-test every five years. Approximately 42 percent of basements in Madison County tested for radon have shown levels of radon above the EPA’s recommended action level for radon reduction of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air or greater. The average home basement radon level in Madison County is estimated to be 6.12 pCi/L.

Free radon test kits are available to eligible homeowners from Madison County Health Department, while supplies last. Call Madison County Health Department to learn about testing your home for radon at 366-2526.

Testing for radon every five years is an action that requires little effort, but could contribute significantly to family health.

A naturally occurring, radioactive gas that can build up in your home and can cause cancer in adults and children, radon usually comes from the surrounding soil and can enter through cracks and openings on the lower levels of a home. The home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home can have a radon problem.

Many people don’t know about radon because it can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted, but exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind smoking, and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer.

Radon exposure kills an estimated 20,000 people in the U.S. each year.

In addition to contacting the Madison County Department of Health, radon detectors are also available at many local hardware stores or at low-cost through the New York State Department of Health’s Radon Program.

If your home does have an elevated level of radon, contact a qualified radon mitigation contractor.

To learn more, including how to get a free or low-cost radon detector, contact Madison County Health Department at 366-2526 or visit

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