DHEC Marks National Radon Action Month By Raising Awareness of Radon and Free Test Kits

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. 

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