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January is National Radon Action Month

This month is National Radon Action Month, and DHEC is encouraging all South Carolinians to test their homes for radon. Request your free home test kit today!

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 in the U.S. and the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Any home can have a radon gas problem. The only way to determine if your home is trapping radon is to test.

Quick Facts about Radon

  • Breathing in radon can change the cells in your lungs, which increases your chances for getting 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.
  • Radon levels of 70.0 pCi/L and higher have been found in South Carolina.
  • Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
  • Homes can be modified to reduce radon levels.
  • New homes can be built with radon-resistant features.
  • South Carolina has nationally certified radon professionals who can measure radon and fix homes with elevated radon.

The South Carolina Radon Program provides radon test kits to homeowners free of charge. Request your free home test kit at www.scdhec.gov/radon.

Get Your Home Tested For This Silent Killer

This month is National Radon Action Month, and DHEC is encouraging all South Carolinians to test their homes for the silent killer.

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 in the U.S. and the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Any home can have a radon gas problem. The only way to determine if your home is trapping radon is to test.

Quick Facts about Radon

  • Breathing in radon can change the cells in your lungs, which increases your chances for getting 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.
  • Radon levels as high as 70.0 pCi/L and higher have been found in South Carolina.
  • Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
  • Homes can be modified to reduce radon levels.
  • New homes can be built with radon-resistant features.
  • South Carolina has nationally certified radon professionals who can measure radon and fix homes with elevated radon.

The South Carolina Radon Program provides radon test kits to homeowners free of charge. Request your free home test kit at www.scdhec.gov/radon. The program can be contacted at radon@dhec.sc.gov or (800) 768-0362.

This week at DHEC

DHEC continues to spread the message about radon and free test kits. Richelle Tolton, DHEC’s Radon Coordinator, spoke with South Carolina Public Radio about how to look out for this silent killer.

Neal Martin, with our Division of Injury and Violence Prevention, shared our message about another silent killer, carbon monoxide. He shared prevention tips with WOLO and The Aiken Standard.

Spare the Air Awards

Do you know someone who has voluntarily helped to improve air quality in South Carolina? Encourage them to apply for the Spare the Air Awards for a chance to be recognized by the state! Entries are due by February 1, 2017. Click here to learn more about the award, past winners, and to get information on how to enter.

Employee Spotlight

Congratulations to Stacie Walling, who is the new Operations Director in the Lowcountry. 

S.C. Youth Help Raise Awareness About Radon

By Cassandra Harris
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You can’t see or smell radon, but there might be a silent killer in your home. Linked to more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Helping to raise awareness of the health effects of radon, South Carolina students, ages nine to 14, recently submitted artwork as part of the 2015 S.C. Radon Poster Contest.

Selected from schools across the state, the students’ posters urge adults to test for radon and fix their homes when necessary. A total of 13 posters were selected to be included in the 2015 S.C. Radon Awareness Calendar. Announced at an award ceremony on January 21, 2015, at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia, this year’s contest winners include:

  • Gracie Driggers, Spaulding Elementary (1st Place)
  • Elizabeth Parrish, Forestbrook Middle School (2nd Place)
  • Andrea Martinez, Horse Creek Academy (3rd Place)
  • Colin Sauceda, Forestbrook Middle School (Honorable Mention)
  • Elizabeth Truluck, Myrtle Beach High School (Honorable Mention)
  • Sebastian O’Banion, Kennedy Middle School
  • Daylund Aistrop, Belton Middle School
  • Trinity Lincoln, Belton Middle School
  • Mellie Driggers, Spaulding Elementary
  • Destiny Garrido, CE Murray High School
  • Arden Kirk, Forestbrook Middle School
  • Anna Walker, Forestbrook Middle School
  • Serena Wallace, Ocean Bay Middle School

The top three entries were entered into the 2015 National Radon Poster Contest as part of National Radon Action Month.

Congratulations to all of our contest winners! Your artwork is currently displayed in local DHEC offices around the state and is helping to make a difference in the way South Carolinians think about radon.

To get more information on radon, to view the calendar and posters, or to request a free home test kit, visit www.scdhec.gov/radon.