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January 9, 2018 > Free radon gas test kits available

Free radon gas test kits available

Submitted By California Department of Public Health

January is National Radon Action Month and the cold winter months are the best time to test for this odorless and colorless gas.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To help residents ensure radon gas isnÕt in their homes, the California Department of Public Health is offering free test kits to households throughout the state during January. They will be available until supplies run out.

ÒTesting for radon in your home is a simple process,Ó said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. ÒTaking steps for remediation, if needed, can be critical for indoor air quality, and improving the safety of your home.Ó

The kits are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyÕs State Indoor Radon Grant fund, and are limited to one free test kit per household. The aggregated information from the test results will be used to update statewide Radon Potential Maps database, which show the likelihood of radon in a specific region.

Test kits can be ordered through the CDPH Indoor Radon Program webpage at www.cdph.ca.gov/ or by calling the program toll-free at 1-(800) 745-7236.

Additional information about National Radon Action Month is available by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency website at www.epa.gov/and typing Òradon action monthÓ into the search box.

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