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PPHD offering free radon-detection kits to panhandle residents

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January is National Radon Action month and the Panhandle Public Health District in Hemingford is distributing radon-testing kits to residents in the panhandle for free.
Experts say radon can enter a home underground through cracks or crevices.

Environmental Health Coordinator Tabi Prochazka says one in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon.

The free kits she gives out comes with a sponge to be put in an envelope that can detect if radon is in the home.

When describing how to use the radon kit, Prochazka suggest hanging it about three feet off the ground at the lowest-level of a room in your home. You should hang the kit in a room for about three to five days.
"Then after that three to five days," says Prochazka. "You're going to document when you put it out. [Put] all of your information on the back here. You literally just take [the sponge] out and you drop the envelope in the mail. So you'll send it just like this to the lab and then they'll send the results back to you."
Radon is a colorless, invisible gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking.

For more information about radon awareness and receiving a radon kit contact Tabi Prochazka at tprochazka@pphd.org or 308-487-3600 ext. 107

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