Radon could be lurking under your house. Teton County Public Health is offering some help to find out.
The agency is offering radon detection kits for only $10 this month, which happens to be National Radon Awareness Month.
Kits are designed to detect the odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas.
Radon is a product of the decay of uranium, which is found in soil throughout Wyoming. The gas typically accumulates in closed areas that overlie soil, making crawl spaces a focus. Radon enters living areas though cracks and other openings in floors and foundations.
Exposure to radon causes lung damage that increases the likelihood of cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers in the United States, and the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year can be attributed to the gas.
Wyoming is a zone 1 radon area, meaning it has the highest potential to have elevated radon levels. In 2016, 46 percent of the homes tested in Teton County had levels of radon above the safety limit of 4 picocuries per liter, with an average reading of 10.7.
Sealing cracks and installing venting can rid a building of most of the danger.
The radon test kits are on sale at the Teton County Public Health Department at 460 E. Pearl Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information is available by calling the county’s Environmental Health Division at 732-8490.