Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Free Radon Testing Kits For Mississippians During Radon Awareness Month

Link - The Mississippi Department of Health (MDH) encourages Mississippians to take action and keep their homes free of radon -- an odorless, tasteless gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer. In January, National Radon Action Month, the Mississippi Department of Health is offering educational opportunities for Mississippians on this public health issue.

MDH is offering the public free radon kits to use in testing their homes for radon. While supplies last, the public can request a free radon kit by simply calling the state’s Radon Information Line at 1-800-626-7739.

The free radon test kit will also have a self-addressed envelope so that the residents can send the test kit directly to the lab for testing and analysis. The homeowners will then receive their test results directly from the Mississippi Department of Health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the only known health problem of radon exposure is lung cancer. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If a person smokes and has high radon levels in a home, the risk of getting lung cancer is especially high.

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