Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by Matthew Winslow
Allentown, PA is a city located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Allentown is the third most populous city in Pennsylvania, below Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and is the 224th largest city in the United States.
The average indoor radon level in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania is between 11 and 13 pCi/L, well above the national average of 1.3 pCi/L. For this reason, the health risks of radon gas are of specific concern in Allentown, PA.
During the month of January, which is National Radon Action Month, the Allentown Health Bureau offers free radon test kits to Lehigh Valley residents. This program is designed to raise awareness about the health risks of radon and to encourage Allentown, PA and Lehigh Valley residents to peruse radon mitigation by a certified radon mitigation specialist. The program is sponsored by the Allentown Health Bureau, the American Lung Association, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
"...because you can’t see or smell radon, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes."
- Vicky Kistler, Allentown Health Bureau, director
If you are buying a home in Allentown, PA, before you go to settlement you should require that the seller test for radon, or have the home tested yourself by a certified radon mitigation professional. Even if the home was previously tested for radon, you should require a new test if the previous test was not conducted on the lowest level of the home, or if there have been structural changes or alterations to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system since the first test was conducted.
You will have to decide with the seller who will pay for any radon mitigation measures that are deemed necessary. You should make sure radon tests are done in the lowest level of the home suitable for occupancy. Generally, it is less expensive to install a radon reduction / radon mitigatoin system before or during any renovations you might do to the home rather than afterwards.
Allentown offers free radon test kits to Lehigh Valley residents - lehighvalleylive.com
Pennsylvania Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon