Free workshops offer step-by-step instructions on how to keep radon out of your home

Banner_RadonClass_2017 (002)Radon is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, so it’s impossible to know without testing if the gas is in your home. Every county in Idaho contains homes that have high levels of radon, so it’s important to know how to keep it out of your home.

During May, homeowners, contractors, and remodelers can learn how to keep the cancer-causing gas out of homes in free workshops at various locations around the state.

The two-hour interactive workshop will explain what radon is, how it enters homes, and what can be done to help prevent excessive amounts of the gas from getting into homes. Exposure to radon gas can increase your risk for lung cancer, particularly if you smoke.

“We’ll cover mitigation strategies, the supplies you might need, where to find those supplies, and installation,” said Jim Faust, manager of the Indoor Environment Program in the Division of Public Health at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. “And if you’re building or remodeling a house, there are minor changes you can make that can save hundreds of thousands of dollars if radon is discovered after the home is built.”

Faust and Jerry Peterson are the training instructors. Faust has been working with radon education in Idaho for 12 years and has extensive knowledge of Idaho’s radon testing program.

Peterson manages the Energy Program for the Idaho Division of Building Safety. He holds multiple certifications for inspections and plan reviews and is nationally certified to conduct home energy audits and radon testing and mitigation.

Workshop dates and locations: (Registration is not required.)

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 3 in Mountain Home:

St. Luke’s Elmore (Business Office)

Soldier Conference Room

895 N. 6th E., Mountain Home

The Business Office is across the parking lot from the main hospital. Please do not park in areas marked “patient” parking.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on May 9 in Coeur d’Alene:

Coeur d’Alene Public Library

702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene

The upper library parking lot is intended for library patrons and is limited to two hours. Unlimited parking is available on the lower level behind City Hall and south of City Hall.

9 a.m.-11 a.m. on May 10 in Lewiston:

Public Health Office
215 10th St., Lewiston

9 a.m.-11 a.m. on May 11 in McCall:

Idaho First Bank (downstairs)

475 E. Deinhard Lane, McCall

Please don’t park in front of the bank. Those spaces are reserved for bank customers.

9 a.m.-11 a.m. on May 16 in Meridian:

Division of Building Safety

1090 E Watertower St., Meridian

The class will be in the training center (midpoint on the south side). Look for signs.

9 a.m.-11 a.m. on May 23 in Idaho Falls:

Public Health Conference Room

1250 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls

Please leave the parking spaces in front of the building for Eastern Idaho Public Health clients. Smoking is discouraged on EIPH property.

9 a.m.-11 a.m. on May 24 in Hailey:

Hailey City Hall – 2nd Floor

115 Main Street South, Hailey

Learn more about radon here.

Media Contact:  Niki Forbing-Orr

Public Information Officer

(208) 334-0668

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