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DCoDPH to Distribute FREE Radon Test Kits to Residents

Radon responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. annually

Post Date:01/03/2019 10:22 AM

DURHAM, N.C. –  In observance of Radon Action Month, the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) will distribute approximately 100 free radon kits to Durham County residents.  Kits are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that forms naturally when uranium, thorium, or radium break down in rocks, soil, and groundwater.  Generally the gas is released harmlessly from the ground into outdoor air.  However, exposure can accumulate and reach harmful levels when it seeps in cracks and gaps of buildings and homes. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.

“Radon is silent but deadly.  It is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.  If radon is present in your home, you could be at risk for respiratory illnesses, including lung cancer,” said Chris Salter, environmental health director, DCoDPH.  “Protect yourself and your family and get your kit today.”

To receive a free radon test kit, provided by the North Carolina Radon Program, visit the Environmental Health Division of the Durham County Human Services Building, located at 414 East Main Street, between 8:30AM and 5:00PM. 

Test kits can also be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores or directly from radon testing companies online.

For more information North Carolina’s Radon Program, visit www.ncradon.org.  For more information about Durham County’s Environmental Health Division, call 919.560.7800.

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