The California Department of Public Health will offer Kings County residents free radon testing kits in an effort to prevent lung cancer.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that develops naturally. After cigarette smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Participants will place the test in their home for a few days, then send it back for analysis. The test does not interfere with normal household activities.
The Department of Public Heath will send out letters to Kings County residents encouraging them to order the test, provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State Indoor Radon Grant. Those who do not receive a letter can order the free kit through the CDPH Indoor Radon Program web page.
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The state public health department encourages all California residents to use the kits as radon has been found in all counties throughout the state. Non-Kings County residents can purchase the test through the state’s website for $8.45.