Kansas to offer free radon testing kits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas officials are launching a campaign to get residents to test their homes for radon gas.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Friday designating January as Kansas Radon Action Month.

Throughout the month, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will provide free test kits at more than 80 locations throughout the state.

KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says the agency is trying to gather data about radon levels around the state, especially in homes. He says as many as one in four homes may have high levels of the odorless, colorless gas.

Radon can cause health problems for humans, including lung cancer. Moser says knowing levels of the naturally occurring gas will help set health policies.

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