Health Department Offers Free Radon Kits

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Radon has no color, odor or taste and unless you test for it, there is no way of knowing the radioactive gas is in your home. Radon may be present in as many as 15 percent of the homes in Vermont. Long-term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) in the United States.

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Winter is the best time to test for radon, so the Vermont Department of Health is calling attention to the dangers of radon by encouraging Vermonters to take advantage of free home test kits.

"The use of a long-term radon test is the best way to find out if radon is a problem in your home," said Acting Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN.

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