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City of Lockport residents offered free radon test kits

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America, killing about Americans annually. A state study shows homes in Niagara County have reported radon levels above healthy levels, and, specifically, 9 percent of homes tested in the City of Lockport are estimated to have exceeded the short-term safety standard.

Following Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. surgeon general recommendations, Daniel J. Stapleton, Niagara County public health director, is encouraging City of Lockport residents to contact the county’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program for a free home visit.

Staff will provide free health and safety products, including a radon test kit. Non-City of Lockport residents may obtain a radon test kit for $11 by visiting: www.health.ny.gov/environmental/radiological/radon/testkit.htm. Call 439-7479 for more information.

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