Time for Radon Testing

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As the turning of the seasons brings colder weather to North Carolina, and families close windows to keep warm, it is an excellent time to make plans for radon testing in your home.

Radon is the odorless, colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The effects upon the families it touches can be just as devastating as lung cancer caused by smoking tobacco.

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

In partnership with the NC Radon Program, a limited supply of FREE radon test kits are being made available at the Swain County Cooperative Extension Office at the SCC-Swain Center, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, N.C. Please call (828) 488-3848 to schedule a time to pick up your free radon kit.

Source:  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

A Citizens Guide to Radon