Dare County offers free radon testing kits
Dare County Department of Health & Human Services advises that as
the turning of the seasons brings colder weather to North Carolina and
families close windows to keep warm, it is an excellent time to make
plans for radon testing in your home.
is the odorless, colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung
cancer in the United States. The effects upon the families it touches
can be just as devastating as lung cancer caused by smoking tobacco.
is National Radon Action Month. Each year upwards to 22,000
people die from radon-induced lung cancer. Roughly 54 percent of those
diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer are expected to live no more
than five years after diagnosis.
county Department of Health & Human Services is partnering with the
North Carolina Radon program to provide free short-term radon test kits
in recognition of National Radon Action Month.
A limited supply of radon test kits are being made available locally at the following locations in early January 2016:
- Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Environmental Health office in Kill Devil Hills
- Kitty Hawk Fire Department
- Kill Devil Hills Administrative Office
- Thomas A Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills
- Nags Head Administrative Office
- Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Frisco Office
15,000 kits are being distributed statewide. Only one kit per home is
needed to determine if your home has a high level. The North
Carolina Radon Program website, www.ncradon.org,
will have a list of all 110 participating organizations across North
Carolina. The N.C. Radon Program website will also have a limited
supply of kits available.
the supply of free kits have been exhausted, the N.C. Radon Program
website will return to providing short-term radon test kits at a
reduced cost of $6 a kit that retails at $15.
North Carolina Radon Program of the North Carolina Department of Health
and Human Services educates families and homeowners about radon gas,
how to test for radon gas and how to lower the radon levels within a
home. Lowering the radon levels in a home lower the risk of lung cancer.
North Carolina Radon Program website also contains a new mobile
application. Meant to particularly help real estate brokers
working in North Carolina, the mobile application will assist the user
in determining how many tests have been conducted within a zip code as
well as the highest radon level recorded in that zip code. The
user of the APP will also be able to locate a certified professional to
assist them in testing or fixing the radon issue in their home.
cost of lowering radon levels in a home costs an average of about
$1,500. The North Carolina Radon Protection Section sought help for
families that might struggle to meet that expense. The Self Help Credit
Union stepped up and created a loan program specifically for radon
mitigation. North Carolina homeowners who meet federal poverty
criteria may be eligible for forgivable loans from local
programs. A link to more information is available on the N.C.
Radon Program website.
For more information, visit www.ncradon.org or call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Environmental Health Unit at 252-475-5080.