Teton County Environmental Health now has short term Radon detection kits available for purchase at Teton County Environmental Health located in the Public Health building at 460 East Pearl Avenue. The cost is $10.
Wyoming is a Zone 1 Radon area (highest potential to have elevated radon levels) and studies have shown that 33% of the homes tested in Wyoming have elevated levels, 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or higher; in Teton County 41.6% of homes tested have elevated levels with an average level of 7.2 pCi/L. If elevated Radon levels are detected, residents are urged to contact a professional radon inspector.
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium, which is found in the soil throughout Wyoming. You can't see radon, and you can't smell it or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. Radon enters homes and buildings from the soil beneath through cracks and other openings in the foundation. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today, with more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year attributed to radon exposure. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
41.6% of Teton County homes tested have elevated radon levels.
Retired NFL Player Chester Pitts tells homeowners about the dangers of radon.