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Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is found at low levels in outdoor air, but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The Polk County Health Department works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to educate the community about the dangers of radon exposure, and encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families.
The State of Florida requires the testing of various public buildings, including public and private schools, correctional facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and day-care centers for radon.
Low-cost, do-it-yourself radon test kits are available through the health department, or from hardware and retail stores.
For more information, call our Environmental Health Radiological Health unit at (863) 291-5204.
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