Mississippi State Dept. of Health offering free radon test kits

Mississippi State Dept. of Health offering free radon test kits

"By testing, you can take immediate action to reduce your home's radon level if necessary and help protect your family's health". The gas enters homes and buildings from the ground and cracks in the floors and walls, as well as through openings in the foundation, and exposure can damage lung tissue, making radon the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers in the country.

"January is Radon Action Month, a good time to learn about radon and its risks, and get your home tested announced Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert".

Residents can also get radon test kits from the New York State Department of Health, for a fee of $11.

Susan Martino, an environmental health specialist at Boulder County Public Health and a project coordinator for the Front Range Public Health Regional Radon Roadmap Project, was present at the city council meeting and accepted the proclamation. If a radon test is conducted, it should be done in the lowest livable level of the home, as this is the most accurate estimate of radon exposure within the home.

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What if someone told you that in spite of all of those efforts, you may be placing your health and the health of those who live with you in peril by ignoring a life-threatening hazard in your own home? "New homes can be placed on property that has radon occurring in it", said Debra Hesse, Cancer Services Resource Manager.

"Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed". In Colorado radon is responsible for almost 500 lung cancer deaths per year.

The insidious intruder of which I speak is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that the Surgeon General has identified as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. If your home's test results show it is at or above 4 picocuries per liter (or pCi/L), you should install a radon reduction system. The data is from radon test results that have been monitored by the state. You can order here and find more information about radon gas. "Test kits can be purchased at local hardware or home product stores, usually for under $25".

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