Montgomery Health Department encourages radon testing

Local health officials are taking preventive measures against the development of lung cancer due to radon. Tomorrow, the Montgomery County Health Department will distribute free radon test kits to anyone who wants them. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says radon is “an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas” that is also “the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.”

140522_MoCo_Health_Dept_LogoMichelle Moyer of the Environmental Protection Agency says many people are not aware of radon’s impact on the country’s health.

“It’s the second leading cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking,” says Moyer, “and it’s estimated to cause 22,000 deaths a year.”

Moyer says radon occurs naturally and rises through rocks, soil and in some cases groundwater.

“Radon enters your home through cracks and holes in the foundation, making the winter months the perfect time to test because the home is sealed up tight.”

Exposure to radon can lead to severe health problems that may take many years to discover and diagnose.

Basic radon testing is a relatively simple, do-it-yourself project, and the local distribution of radon test kits comes during the EPA’s “National Radon Action Month”. Radon kits will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fri., Jan. 23, at the Montgomery County Health Department on S. Main St. in Troy.

More information is available by phone at 910-572-8175 or online at http://www.epa.gov/radon/.

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