Radon: Your Home and Your Health

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January National Radon Month

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell, or taste, so it could be present at dangerous levels at home without you knowing it. This gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and the number one leading cause among non-smokers, claiming more than 20,000 lives every year. If a high radon level is detected in your home, it can be fixed through mitigation, Radon reduction techniques, and reduction systems.

This year, the North Carolina Radon Program is giving 3,000 radon test kits free of charge. They will provide one test kit per household. To get your radon kit go to the North Carolina Radon Program site and order your kit.

Radon infographic

I Want to Know More About Radon

Visit these websites to find more information about what you can do to protect yourself and your family from radon:

NC State Extension Healthy Homes – Radon

North Carolina Radon Program

Environmental Protection Agency – Radon

If you have questions about radon, please contact your local Health Department or your county N.C. Cooperative Extension office. Find us at: https://go.ncsu.edu/countycenters