Every Oregon home should be tested for radon

Recent reports of radon being discovered at schools around the Portland Metro area are a good reminder to test your home for radon, according to air quality experts. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for over 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Odorless and colorless, it seeps into homes from the soil.

The only way to know if radon is present in a home is to perform a test for it.

Because Multnomah and Clark Counties have some of the highest rates of radon in the Northwest, and because people and pets spend up to 90 percent of their time inside of homes, testing should be an urgent to-do for homeowners, say home performance experts at the non-profit Enhabit.

“Elevated radon levels in the home are unsafe. That’s why we encourage every single home to be tested,” said Enhabit spokesperson Stephanie Swanson. “The good news is, organizations like Enhabit are able to deliver low-cost and easy testing kits and professional advice to homeowners on how to mitigate this dangerous gas with simple solutions.”