Test Your Home for Radon; Kits Available While Supplies Last
State health officials are emphasizing the importance of testing homes for radon during the month of January – National Radon Action Month. The N.C. Radon Program is distributing free test kits while supplies last.
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is released from the ground into outdoor air, but can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and other buildings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 22,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States.
“Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. among non-smokers,” said Radiation Protection Section Chief Lee Cox. “During the winter months when doors and windows are kept shut to preserve heat, it’s important to remember to test for radon and protect yourself and your loved ones.”
The N.C. Radon Program, part of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information to families and homeowners about radon gas including how to test for radon gas and how to lower radon levels within a home.
To request a free radon test kit, visit the N.C. Radon website at www.ncradon.org.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children, elderly, disabled and low-income families. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen. A $20-billion organization with more than 16,000 employees, DHHS protects the health and safety of North Carolina’s more than 10 million citizens.
NCDHHS also oversees 14 facilities including developmental centers, neuro-medical treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers and two residential programs for children.