NC Radon Program Offers Free Test Kits in January 2022

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Picture of a house with Radon awareness month informationJanuary 2022 is National Radon Action Month and the NC Radon Program will be making 6000 free short-term radon test kits available beginning in January 2022. The short-term radon test kits will only be available by ordering through the North Carolina Radon Program website at North Carolina Radon Program. There is no charge for these kits; both the postage and analysis costs are paid.

Each year upwards of 22,000 people die from radon-induced lung cancer. Roughly 54% of those diagnosed with early stage lung cancer are expected to live no more than five years after diagnosis.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers in the United States. It is a natural, colorless, odorless, tasteless, gas that comes from the natural decay of Uranium. The effects upon families it touches can be just as devastating as lung cancer caused by smoking tobacco.

Measuring your home’s radon level is recommended for any home, in any location throughout the year. But, January is when the EPA and the NC Radon Program of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services join forces with organizations like N.C. Cooperative Extension to increase awareness across the nation about this easily preventable source of lung cancer.

Lung cancer can strike anyone, even a nonsmoker. Test your home for radon and lower your family’s risk for lung cancer. For more information visit: North Carolina Radon Program