State DHHS program offering free radon testing kits

Jan 19, 2017

A state agency is encouraging home owners to test this month for radon gas. George Olsen has more.

The North Carolina Radon Program, part of the state Department of Health and Human Services, is offering a limited number of free radon test kits. Radon is an odorless, colorless naturally occurring gas which the American Cancer Society says is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. 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 a particular threat during winter months when doors and windows are kept shut to preserve heat. During National Radon Action Month in January the Radon Program will distribute the test kits while they last to those requesting. Information on the program is available at ncradon.org. I’m George Olsen.