January 14, 2014

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Test kits in high demand during Kansas Radon Action Month

Twitter chat scheduled for Jan. 15

TOPEKA, Kan.—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has seen a high demand for radon test kits offered this month during the state’s ongoing radon awareness initiative. Because of the positive response during Kansas Radon Action Month, many of our local partners across the state are running low or have distributed all free radon test kits through the KDHE radon program. To see if your area has test kits available, visit the updated distribution site list at Through the volunteer efforts of local partners, nearly 2,000 test kits have been distributed across Kansas during Kansas Radon Action Month. Though free kits are offered this month, radon test kits are available for purchase year-round through K-State’s Extension Offices at a discounted rate or through most home improvement or hardware stores.

To more quickly capture the magnitude of the effect of radon on Kansans, KDHE is asking those who picked up a free test kit in January to use their kit before the end of the month. This initiative will allow homeowners to know whether or not radon is a problem in their home, and if so, to take appropriate steps to reduce their radon levels. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Social media
To learn more about how to use a radon test kit, view the latest episode of the Dispatch on KDHE’s YouTube channel: For those who have additional questions, KDHE will also host a live Twitter chat on Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. to provide more information on the health impact of radon and radon testing and mitigation. To join the discussion, follow @KDHE, #radon.