The Radon and Indoor Air Quality Program was created to provide advice and expertise to Floridians with concerns about the quality of indoor air in residences, schools, healthcare and public facilities. The goal of this program is to improve the health of Floridians by reducing exposure to indoor air contaminants.
Radon is a class A carcinogen that comes from the radioactive breakdown of naturally occurring radium found in most soils. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it, but it is radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
- Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
- Did you know 1 in 5 homes in Florida has an elevated radon level?
- Test your home free of charge by filling out this form!
- Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless, tasteless and radioactive gas produced from the radioactive decay of radium found in most soils and earthen construction materials.
- Radon is the single largest source of radiation exposure in the U.S.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the U.S. (about one person every 25 minutes).
- U.S. Surgeon General recommends all houses be tested for radon.
- For more information visit our webpage at radon.floridahealth.gov
The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act
The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA) was passed in 1985 to protect people from the health hazards of secondhand smoke. This act was intended to support smoking cessation programs approved by the Department of Health. In November 2002, seventy-one percent of Florida's citizens voted for a constitutional amendment to prohibit smoking in all enclosed indoor workplaces. The smoke free law went into effect on July 1, 2003.
Note: The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA) is no longer part of the Radon and Indoor Air Quality Program; it's now part of the Division of Community Health Promotion Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida. FCIAA program staff share responsibility for the implementation and enforcement of the statewide ban of smoking tobacco in most workplaces with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. For more information, call the FCIAA hotline at (800) 337-3742 or (850) 245-4281.
The Indoor Air Quality Program Provides:
- Contacts for Indoor Air Quality – State health department contacts for radon or indoor air quality.
- Carbon Monoxide Information – Information on the prevention of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and links to other resources.
- Copper Corrosion Associated with Imported Drywall – Premature Corrosion and Evaporator Coil Failure Possibly Associated with the Presence of Imported Drywall.
- Indoor Air Quality Complaints in Apartments and Hotels – Where to go when you have an IAQ problem in an apartment or hotel.
- Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace – Information regarding IAQ in the workplace.