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Respiratory Health & Indoor Environments

Smoking  |   Mold  |   Radon  |   Lead  |   Asbestos


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Mold & Moisture



Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is found in all states and can only be found by testing your home. Radon levels vary from house to house, so do not rely on what your neighbor's test results.



Lead is a soft, dense metal used in the production of many items. Lead is poisonous and can cause severe damage to the brain, nervous system and liver. These effects are devastating to children. In 1978, lead was banned from use in paint, but it can still be found in some older buildings, toys, etc. If you live in Alexandria and your child has had two blood tests with elevated lead levels, call 703.746.4940.