Tips for radon awareness

MORGANTOWN — January is National Radon Action Month, which aims to increase public awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.

Ultimately, an increased public awareness will save lives from radon-induced lung cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency found that Monongalia and Preston counties are among 20 West Virginia counties with a high potential for elevated levels of radon indoors, so it is especially important to test your home and/or business for high radon levels. Homes or businesses that have radon levels of 4.0 pCli/l (picocuries per liter) or higher should install a system to reduce the amount of radon gas in the atmosphere.

The MCHD environmental health staff has been trained to test for high radon levels and makes these tests available to the public, home inspectors and real estate agents. The test takes 48 hours and utilizes continuous radon measuring equipment.

For more information about radon or to set up an appointment to have your home and/or business checked, call the health department at 304-598-5131 or visit

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