Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless, tasteless, radioactive gas produced from the radioactive decay of radium,
found in most soils and earthen construction materials. 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. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per
year (about one person every 25 minutes). Data collected by the department indicates that 1 in 5
Florida residences have elevated radon levels. The only way
to know the radon levels in your home is to test. * Contact us: 1-800-543-8279.
radon and lung cancer
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TEST your home Today !
The World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency have announced a call to action for Americans to test their homes for Radon Gas, which has been identified as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the U.S. The Florida Department of Health is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families. EPA has also received the support of former and current NFL players like Fuad Reveiz (formerly with the Minnesota Vikings supports radon resistant construction) and Chester Pitts (with the Seattle Seahawks supports testing for radon).
Testing your home for radon: View a list of certified radon measurement businesses (18KB PDF file) offering Radon Measurement kits and Analytical Laboratory Services, or contact Florida certified radon measurement businesses. These businesses use NRPP and/or NRSB radon proficient devices. You may also order radon test kits from the National Radon Program Services.
The 2013 State Portion of the National Radon Poster Contest is Closed - Winners will be announced soon.
The National Radon Poster Contest is an annual event for students 10-14 years old, sponsored by the National Radon Program Services, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The contest aims to raise awareness about the harmful effects of elevated indoor radon levels. The contest goals include increasing the number of homes tested for radon and educating people about reducing radon levels at home.
The Florida Department of Health Radon Program congratulates the past winners. Let's hope we also have a national radon poster contest winner this year. For additional information visit our poster contest page and view previous Florida winners. For additional information visit our poster contest page and view previous Florida winners.
Other Program Information.
Radon Public Service Announcements and other links.
Radon Resistant New Construction:
Information on Radon/Radiation and granite counter tops
About radiation (400 KB PDF)
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