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Free Radon Test Kits Available at Health Department

Feb 14, 2019

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health is giving away free short-term radon test kits to Cumberland County residents, while supplies last, as part of National Radon Action Month, observed in January. The kits allow citizens to test for radon gas and provide information on how to lower radon levels within a home.

 

The kits are available at the Public Health Center at 1235 Ramsey St., during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p. m. weekdays.

 

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas caused by the decay of naturally-occurring radium in the earth. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Radon map applications are available at the N.C. Radon Program’s website ncradon.org. The map application provides information about the number of tests that have been conducted within a zip code, as well as the highest radon level recorded in that zip code. The application also provides a list of certified professionals who can assist in testing or fixing radon issues in tested homes that return readings above a safe level.

 

For more information, contact Cumberland County Environmental Health Director, Adrian Jones at 910-433-3690 or adrianjones@co.cumberland.nc.us.