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Tennessee Offers Free Radon Test Kits as Part of "Radon Action Month"

Thursday, January 02, 2020 | 12:28pm

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering free radon test kits for Tennesseans to test their homes in January. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed the month as “Radon Action Month.”

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

“We hope Tennesseans will take advantage of the offer of free test kits,” Dr. Kendra Abkowitz, director of the Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices at TDEC, said. “We want people to be aware of the potential for radon in their homes, that testing for it is free and easy, and that there are ways they can mitigate it if they find they have a radon problem.”

North Carolina Durham Board of County Commissioners Proclamation on NRAM

DURHAM BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Proclamation

NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH | 2019

WHEREAS, radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that may threaten the health of our
citizens and their families; and

WHEREAS, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and is the leading
cause of lung cancer in non-smokers; and

WHEREAS, the National Academy of Sciences estimates that up to 21,000 lung cancer deaths
occur in the United States each year; and

WHEREAS, one in 15 homes across the U.S. have elevated radon levels; and

WHEREAS, any home may have elevated levels of radon, even if neighboring homes do not,
and living in a home with an average radon level of 4 picocuries per liter of air
poses a similar risk of developing lung cancer as smoking half a pack of cigarettes
a day; and

WHEREAS, testing for radon is simple, inexpensive and radon problems can be fixed; and

City of Fort Collins Mayor Proclaims NRAM

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, January is National Radon Action Month and all Fort Collins community
members are strongly encouraged to test their homes for radon; and

WHEREAS, radon is a naturally occurring, colorless and odorless radioactive gas that is
the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, contributing to as many as 500 lung
cancer deaths in Colorado each year; and

WHEREAS, any home may have high levels of radon, even if neighboring homes do
not, and elevated levels pose a serious health threat to community members; and

WHEREAS, over 50 percent of Fort Collins homes have radon levels in excess of the
EPA recommended action level; and

WHEREAS, radon testing is easy and inexpensive, and Fort Collins community
members can test their homes using low-cost test kits available at the Senior Center; and

WHEREAS, all Fort Collins community members are encouraged to protect their

Virginia Governor Proclaims National Radon Action Month

01/01/2020

WHEREAS, radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas that is the number one cause of lung cancer in the United States among non-smokers; and

WHEREAS, children may receive higher radiation doses from radon exposure due to their smaller lungs and faster breathing rates; and

WHEREAS, radon exposure is a preventable health risk, and homes can easily be tested for harmful levels of radon using do-it-yourself test kits or the services of a radon professional; and

WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to protect their families from the serious health risks associated with radon by taking measures to reduce harmful radon levels if found in their homes; and

WHEREAS, 46 of Virginia's counties and 15 of Virginia’s cities have been identified as having a high risk for radon exposure and are encouraged to adopt Appendix F of the International Residential Building Code pertaining to Radon Resistant New Construction; and

January is ‘Radon Action Month’ in Illinois

January 02, 2020 Press Release

Statewide Radon Poster and Video Contests Now Accepting Entries

SPRINGFIELD – Cold weather might put a damper on outdoor activities, but according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) it is a great time to test your home for cancer-causing radon gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested. IEMA is encouraging people to test for radon during Radon Action Month in January.

Nevada Brochures Highlight Radon Action Month Activities

University of Nevada Extension Service has posted brochures on Nevada Counties and their activities for 2020 Radon Action Month.

For instance, Clark County has posted a list of presentations and offers of free test kits in participation of Radon Action Month.

FREE RADON PRESENTATIONS

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 6 p.m. Clark County Library 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, 89119
FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 10:30 a.m. James Gibson Library 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway., Henderson, 89015
FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 5:30 p.m. A.D. Guy Knowledge Center 817 N St., Las Vegas, 89106
SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 3 p.m. Boulder City Library 701 Adams Blvd., Boulder City, 89005
SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2 p.m. Sahara West Library 9600 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, 89117
MONDAY, JAN. 27, 6 p.m. Paseo Verde Library 280 S. Green Valley Parkway., Henderson, 89012 TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 6 p.m. Summerlin Library 1771 Inner Circle Drive, Las Vegas, 89134

FREE RADON TEST KITS (Jan. 1 - Feb. 29)

Colorado Governor Proclaims National Radon Action Month

A Year One Review of Radon Measurement Licensure in Minnesota

December 19, 2019

Radon licensure requirements for measurement started in 2019. Because this was the first year of a new regulation, MDH has minimized enforcement actions and focused on compliance assistance. The MDH radon program has licensed approximately 400 individuals. The Minnesota Radon Licensing Act has helped improve the quality of testing being conducted in Minnesota, which provides residents reliable information to make decisions regarding their health, safety, and financial interests.

2020 Radon Poster Contest Winners!

12 states participated (2 states submitted after the voting was complete):
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Nevada
New York
Pennsylvania
Utah
Connecticut

Winners are:
1st Place- Utah
2nd Place-Florida
3rd Place-Iowa

Posters are presented in order of ranking.

Missouri Radon Poster Winners for 2020

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced the winners of the 2020 Radon Poster Contest. See https://health.mo.gov/living/environment/radon/index.php

The Department sponsored the radon poster contest with the goal being to raise awareness of the harmful effects of elevated levels of indoor radon gas are a problem. The solution is to reduce the number of homes with these elevated levels. This contest is designed to raise awareness for radon testing and inform people of the danger of radon in their homes.

For more information, contact:

Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: 573-751-6102 or (toll-free) 866-628-9891
Fax: 573-526-6946
Email: info@health.mo.gov