The American Lung Association of Pennsylvania (ALAPA) is once again helping people protect their health and their family's health. In addition to their nationally recognized smoking cessation and asthma education programs, the American Lung Association is providing free radon test kits to the public when they visit their website, www.lunginfo.org/freeradonkit, while supplies last.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking. The only way to know the level of radon inside your home is to test for it. The U. S. Surgeon General and the American Lung Association recommend that all homes be tested for radon.
The American Lung Association is conducting this program under a recent grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). “The American Lung Association is using the program as a way to help the public carry out DEP's recent call for everyone to test their homes for radon,” said the group's environmental health director, Kevin Stewart. For the past 20 years, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental agencies, and organizations nationwide such as the American Lung Association have encouraged the public to test homes and to get radon problems fixed.
Supplies of the free test kits are limited, and availability varies according to the demographic area in Pennsylvania where you live. The American Lung Association asks that interested persons request only one test kit per household. In addition, individuals requesting test kits should be Pennsylvania residents who do not have a previous test result for their homes.
To obtain a radon test kit, visit www.lunginfo.org/freeradonkit. This offer will be in effect for a limited time and can only be ordered online.
If you have a question concerning radon or would like to contact your local American Lung Association office, call the American Lung Association HelpLine toll-free at 1-800-LUNG-USA.