How Safe Is Your Home?
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides a free in home assessment focusing on home safety. An HNP team member can discuss areas where safety can be improved and may also supply FREE items to assist you with making your home safer!
Tioga County Residents can call 687-8390 to schedule a FREE home safety check!
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
A new warning has come out regarding dangerously high levels of radon in the Southern Tier.
Tioga County is one of five counties in New York State with the highest levels of radon.
What’s the big concern about radon? Radon exposure is proven to increase the risk of lung cancer.
Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in non-smokers, with 900-1,000 New
York residents dying each year as a result of radon exposure. Radon cannot be detected through
sight or smell, and without testing, you may have no idea that your family is at great risk.
It is estimated that around 51% of homes in Tioga County have elevated levels of radon. High
levels are considered unsafe and extremely dangerous to your family’s health. Tioga County towns
with alarmingly high levels of radon (starting with the highest rates) are Candor, Barton, Newark
Valley, Nichols, and Berkshire. Residents living in these towns are strongly encouraged to get
radon tests done. If your home is found to have high levels of radon, there are ways to eliminate it
and still keep your family safe.
Todd Kopalek, Supervising Public Health Sanitarian shares, “I strongly encourage all Tioga County
residents should test for radon in their homes.” Tioga County Public Health is offering FREE radon
testing through their Healthy Neighborhoods Program. There are no income requirements to have
a radon test done in your home. To schedule your free radon test, call 607-687-8600!