You cannot see, smell or taste it, but radon could be present in dangerous levels in your home, which is why Missourians are urged to pick up a free testing kit this month. Ryan Hobart, Missouri department of health spokesman, said the naturally occurring gas is excreted from the soil and can rise up and get trapped in homes, schools, and businesses – with potentially deadly consequences.
Radon has been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths and claims the lives of 21,000 Americans each year. Hobart said testing is just the first step. Because radon exposure is so serious, homeowners who find elevated levels will have to take action.
A free radon testing kit is available by contacting the health department at http://health.mo.gov.