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DHEC encourages residents to know risks of radon during National Radon Action Month

Date Published: 01/08/2020 [Source]

The South Carolina Radon Program is offering a limited number of free home radon test kits that it makes available to homeowners on a first come, first served basis.

January is National Radon Action Month, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging South Carolinians to become familiar with the risks of radon when it's present inside homes.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air, but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings.

The EPA estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.