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Schoeck promotes radon awareness

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Environmental Health’s Barrett Schoeck recently sat down with Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government 2nd District Council Member Shevawn Akers to help raise awareness about radon as part of a GTV3 segment that will air soon.

So, what is radon?

Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The Surgeon General and the EPA recommend testing for radon and reducing radon in homes that have high levels. Since it is difficult to identify any immediate symptoms related to radon exposure, it may take years before health problems appear. So, whether in the workplace, in homes, or in schools, understanding radon is important. This includes learning how radon gets into buildings, its health effects, and ways to reduce its levels.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department currently provides free short-term radon test kits to any individual upon request. To request a kit, visit our Environmental Health Office at 804 Newtown Circle, Ste. A. Further questions or requests for information can be directed to Barrett Schoeck at (859) 231-9791 ext. 4236, or by email.

To learn more about radon, visit the health department’s Radon Awareness page by clicking here.

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