Lung Association offers testing kit for radon in homeThe...

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September 08, 1996

Lung Association offers testing kit for radon in home

The Maryland Chapter of the American Lung Association is offering a "do-it-yourself" home radon testing kit to state homeowners for $10 plus tax. Calls to area retailers found test kits going for $12.59 to $16.90.

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium, which is present in most rock and soil.

Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have identified radon exposure as the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon gas contains radioactive particles that may get trapped in the lungs.

Homeowners can call the American Lung Association of Maryland at (800) LUNG-USA to purchase a radon home testing kit.

Passive solar house in Southwest Baltimore

Southwest Visions, a nonprofit housing organization in Southwest Baltimore, will hold a "Solarbration House Dedication" what it says is Baltimore's first affordable passive solar home today at 1321 W. Pratt St.

Passive solar features are expected to cut utility costs as much ++ as 70 percent at the Pratt Street house, which is open for free tours from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteer workers from churches, community organizations and corporations rebuilt the home using recycled and used building materials.

The home will be sold to a low-income family.

For more information, call (410) 547-9277.

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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