FORT WAYNE, Ind. -– You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. Because it is odorless and invisible, the only way to know if you are being exposed in your home is to run a test.
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is urging residents to reduce their risk of lung cancer by having their homes tested. Testing is simple and free test kits are available at the following locations in Allen County only while supplies last:
- Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health
200 E. Berry St., Suite 360
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Vector Control & Environmental Services
2242 Carroll Road
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch)
- Grabill Town Hall
13717 1st St.
Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Leo-Cedarville Town Hall
13909 Pony Express Run
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Monroeville Utility Department
101 S Water St.
- New Haven Utility Payment Office
City Hall, 815 E Lincoln Hwy.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Woodburn City Hall
22735 Main St.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kits can also be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores for around $30. You can also hire a qualified radon professional to do a test for you.
Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging for the proper placement of the device and where to send the test kit to get your results. If a high radon level is detected in your home, a professionally installed reduction system can remove the radon from beneath your home and discharge it harmlessly outside.
If you would like to receive a free radon test kit, be sure to visit one of the locations listed. Again, they’ll only be available while supplies last!
SOURCE: Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health