Free Radon Test Kits

The American Lung Association of Pennsylvania (ALAPA) is once again helping people protect their health and their family's health. In addition to their nationally recognized smoking cessation and asthma education programs, the American Lung Association announced today that they would be providing free radon test kits to the public when you visit their website, www.lunginfo.org/freeradonkit, while supplies last.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking. The only way to know the level of radon inside the home is to test for it. The U. S. Surgeon General and the American Lung Association recommend that all homes be tested for radon.

The American Lung Association is conducting this program under a recent grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). "The American Lung Association is using the program as a way to help the public carry out DEP's call for everyone to test their homes for radon," said the group's Environmental Health Director, Kevin Stewart.

For the past twenty years, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental agencies, and organizations nationwide such as the American Lung Association have encouraged the public to test homes and to get radon problems fixed.

Supplies of the free test kits are limited, and availability varies according to each of six Pennsylvania regions. The current campaign is focusing on the western and north-central parts of the state. The American Lung Association asks that interested persons request only one test kit per household. In addition, individuals requesting test kits should be Pennsylvania residents who do not have a previous test result for their homes. To obtain a radon test kit, people should visit www.lunginfo.org/freeradonkit. This offer will be in effect for a limited time and can only be ordered online.

Nearly one in fifteen homes nationwide has a high level of indoor radon, and in Pennsylvania, the rates are even greater. The good news is that homes with high radon levels can be fixed. In most cases, the solution is simple and similar in cost to other typical home repairs.

If you have a question concerning radon or would like to contact your local American Lung Association office, please call the American Lung Association toll-free at 1-800-LUNG-USA .

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