January is National Radon Action Month, and DHEC is encouraging all South Carolinians to test their homes for radon. You can request a free home test kit by clicking here.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Any home can have a radon problem. The only way to determine if your home is trapping radon gas is to test.
Quick Facts about Radon:
- Breathing in radon can change the cells in your lungs, which increases your chances for lung cancer.
- Radon is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S.
- Smokers who are exposed to radon have a much higher risk of lung cancer.
- Elevated radon concentrations have been found across South Carolina.
- Homes can be modified to reduce radon levels.
- New homes can be built with radon-resistant features.
- South Carolina has nationally-certified professionals who can fix homes with elevated radon levels.
The South Carolina Radon Program provides a radon test kit to homeowners free of charge. To learn more about radon or request your free home test kit, please click here.