Weekly Feature

2012-03-15 / Local News

Radon kits available through county, outreach meetings

Request forms for a radon test kit are available through Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo’s office. The cost is $8 and covers all lab fees.

Lorigo has encouraged homeowners to test their homes for radon gas, saying that the process is simple and affordable through Erie County, according to a release from the Legislature’s Republican Caucus. A resolution that Lorigo co-sponsored and the Legislature approved at its Feb. 16 session outlines the reasons why residents should test their homes for radon and reminds them that tests are available.

To request a form, contact Lorigo at 858-8922 or joseph.lorigo@erie.gov and include your name, address and contact information.

“The resolution approved by the Legislature outlines a number of areas that have been listed as hotbeds for radon gas, and unfortunately, many of the towns, including Marilla, Aurora and Holland, are in my district,” said Lorigo. “This is an issue that we have to be mindful of and to take seriously.”

Radon is a gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It occurs naturally in the earth but can become a problem when it builds up indoors. Radon is a leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but many who are affected aren’t aware of the danger since radon is invisible and odorless. If your home has an elevated level, you and your family’s health is at risk.

An expert on the subject from the county’s Environment and Planning Department is available to speak with homeowner associations, community groups, churches or anyone who has a concern and is seeking additional information on radon. To schedule an informational meeting, contact Lorigo’s office.

Radon test kit request forms and fact sheets are also available at Lorigo’s district outreach meetings. The next one is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 4, at the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St. Information about senior services, social services, veteran affairs, the County Clerk’s Office and other county departments will be available.

The state Department of Health has information on radon available online at www.health.ny.gov/environmental/radiological/radon. The link is available through the county’s Health Department website as well, under “Health Info & Links,” then choose, ”A-Z Index of Diseases & Health Conditions.”

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