January is Radon Awareness Month. Thanks to the Vermont Department of Health, Northern Counties Health Care is distributing FREE radon test kits to residents of the NEK at our primary care practices – Concord Health Center, Danville Health Center, Hardwick Area Health Center, Island Pond Health & Dental Center, and St. Johnsbury Community Health Center.
Did you know radon can cause lung cancer? Radon is a radioactive gas that has no color, taste or smell. Radon enters your home through soil or water and can build up to high levels inside your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke. If you smoke or used to smoke, your risk of getting lung cancer from radon is especially high.
The Northeast Kingdom’s bedrock geology is associated with higher levels of radon, which means you could have high levels of radon in your home. How do you know how if you do? Testing is the only way to know. Pick up a free test kit today from one of the sites listed above.
Learn more about radon in your home at www.healthvermont.gov/radon.