JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Onslow County Health Department is giving away free radon kits.
They want you to check the radon levels in their homes or businesses.
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that is formed when uranium decays in the soil. When homes are built on top of this soil, radon is pulled into the home through areas such as cracks, pipes and gaps.
“This time of year when people are hunkered down, and they have their windows and doors closed and they’re really trying to seal off their homes to the elements that are outside, this is a great time to test to see what they radon level is in your home,” said Pamela Brown with the Onslow Co. Health Department.
Brown also says radon is the leading cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers.
The CDC says up to 22 thousand people die from radon induced lung cancer each year.
The radon test kits are available at the Environmental Health Office at the Onslow County Government Complex Monday through Friday.
They are free of charge and are first come first serve.