January is National Radon Action Month and the Division of Public Health is encouraging all residents to test their homes for radon.
A highlight of the National Radon Action Month in Delaware is the publication of the Delaware-in home radon testing data by the Division of Public Health's radon program.
The publication identifies geographic area where in-home radon is more likely to be elevated. The DPH radon program encourages Delawareans to test their homes for radon in the cooler months when houses tend to be closed up for warmth, making the test generally easier and more effective. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless and radioactive gas that occurs naturally in rocks and soils throughout the world.
The EPA indicates that homes at or above radon action level of 4 pCi/l are considered to be elevated and steps should be taken to reduce the concentration. By county, the ZIP code areas showing the greatest percentages of homes exceeding the EPA action level are:
New Castle County
· Middletown (27 percent)
· Odessa (22 percent)
· Townsend (17 percent)
· Arden (17 percent)
· Hockessin (17 percent)
· Talleyville (15 percent)
· Smyrna (13 percent)
· Dover (12 percent)
· Clayton, Frederica and Magnolia (7 – 8 percent)
· Greenwood (5 percent)
· Dagsboro (6 percent)
· Lewes and Milton (4 percent)
For more information, call (302) 744-4546 or call (800) 464-4357 or visit RadonSafeDelaware.org.