Free Radon Testing Kits Available at CCHD

The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) is pleased to announce that they have a limited number of free radon test kits available to the public. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “radon is the number on cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.”

“Since radon is odorless and colorless, and it is difficult to¬† identify immediate symptoms related to exposure, testing is important to know if it is present in a home,” states Bruce Treis, Sanitarian for CCHD. “CCHD is participating in the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) radon program to gather statewide radon data by offering these free short term radon kits to the public. Knowing if radon is present in a home can allow individuals to take steps towards protecting their family from this potentially toxic substance.”

Anyone interested in obtaining a free testing kit can stop by CCHD’s main campus at 115 4th Street South from 8am-noon and 1-5pm. These kits can be obtained via request at the front desk. Numbers are limited and will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. Instructions are included for how to use the 48 hour test canister and how to mail it to the data collection location.

For more information on radon testing kits, please call Bruce Treis at 791-9273 or visit CCHD’s Air Quality page.