Indoor Air Quality
Florida Department of Health in Columbia County Environmental Health
217 NE Franklin Street
Lake City, FL 32055
The Florida Department of Health Indoor Air Program began in the late 1980's. It's goal is to improve the health of Floridians by reducing exposure to indoor air contaminants. The primary function of this program is to provide advice and expertise to residents and visitors in residences, health care facilities, schools, and public facilities. The program consists of a statewide indoor air coordinator located in Tallahassee, and Environmental Specilists working within the County Health Departments to provide Air Quality expertise to the public. We do not offer inspection services.
The Florida Clean Air Act is part of the Division of Community Health Promotion, Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida. Program implementation and enforcement of the statewide ban on smoking tobacco in most workplaces is shared with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act hotline can be reached at (800) 337-3742.
Outdoor air pollution complaints are usually investigated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Jacksonville (904-448-4300), with the local health department often taking the initial complaint and doing a preliminary investigation before referral to DEP.
Radon is a naturaly occuring, odorless, colorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas that is produced by the radioactive decay of Radium. Radium is found in most soils and earthen construction materials. Radon represents the single largest source of radiation exposure in the United States.
Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends all houses be tested for Radon. 1 in 5 homes in Florida has an elevated Radon level.