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 has elevated radon levels. The only way to know the radon levels in your home is to test. - Contact us: 1-800-543-8279.
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El Radón (48 KB PDF).
Read about radon and lung cancer (72 KB PDF).
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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.A‚ 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. The EPA has also received the support of former and current NFL players like Fuad Reveiz (formerly with the Minnesota Vikings) supports radon resistant construction, as well as Chester Pitts (with the Seattle Seahawks) who 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 National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) and/or National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) radon proficient devices. You may also order radon test kits from the National Radon Program Services.
EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month (NRAM). The Leon County Commission wrote a proclamation on NRAM 2014. Four Things You Can Do During National Radon Action Month:
1. Test your home - EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive.
2. Spread the word - spend time during National Radon Action Month encouraging others to learn about radon and test their homes.
a. Tell your family and friends about the health risk of radon. Encourage them to test their homes.
b. Plan an activity in your community to help raise awareness. Use EPA’s National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit as a guide.
c. Write a letter to the editor. View tips and a sample letters to the editor from EPA’s National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit.
d. Attract media attention by working with a local official to get a radon proclamation.
4. Buy a radon-resistant home - If you are considering buying a new home, look for builders who use radon-resistant new construction. Read more about radon-resistant new construction, "Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide to Build Radon-Resistant Homes".
Contact your state radon program for information about radon testing, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction.
The 2014 State Portion of the National Radon Poster Contest is Closed:
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. Winners will be announced in mid December.
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.
Other Program Functions:
Radon Public Service Announcements and other links.
Radon Resistant New Construction:
List of construction contractors that attended the Department of Health's sponsored Florida Homebuilders Association awareness trainings on radon resistant new construction (RRNC) techniques of the Florida Statewide Building Code. This training is designed to familiarize construction professionals with the elements of the code. Their individual experience and expertise is what will provide them with the skills to apply the codes to radon resistant new construction.
Information on Radon/Radiation and granite counter tops
About radiation (400 KB PDF)