MSDH, libraries partner to offer free radon home test kits


The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Radon Program and the Mississippi Public Library System are partnering to give you the tools to fight a leading cause of lung cancer. 

Beginning Monday, radon home test kits will be offered at sites across the state while supplies last.

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas and is the second leading cause of lung cancer nationwide. More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year, and radon causes up to 15 percent of lung cancers worldwide.

Radon is a radioactive gas found in nature. Its source is natural uranium in the earth. Being a gas, radon moves upward out of the soil and into the air, where it can enter and accumulate in homes. Uranium is found in most soils and in granite.

Test kits will be available at the following libraries January 25-29, 2021:

Northern Mississippi: 

Lee County Public Library – Tupelo
Starkville/Oktibbeha Public Library – Starkville
Carrollton/North Carrollton Public Library – North Carrollton
Humphreys County Public Library – Belzoni
Elizabeth Jones Public Library – Grenada
Indianola/Sunflower Public Library – Indianola
Greenwood/Leflore Public Library – Greenwood

Central Mississippi:

B.S. Ricks Public Library – Yazoo City
Fannie Lou Hamer Public Library – Jackson
Dekalb County Public Library – Dekalb
Attala County Public Library – Kosciusko
Leake County Public Library- Carthage
Meridian-Lauderdale Public Library – Meridian

Southern Mississippi:                                                                                    

Hattiesburg Public Library – Hattiesburg 
Poplarville Public Library – Poplarville