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Radon Fairy Spreads Important Message

Radon Fairy Spreads Important Message

The Nevada Radon Education Program, under the direction of Susan H. Howe, produces a wide array of outreach items on a yearly basis to spread the radon message. Examples of some of these efforts include door tags, engaging radon Public Service Announcements (PSAs), news articles, educational programs, street banners and massive amounts of educational displays and posters.

This year in particular, a different sort of outreach effort took place at the Nevada Day event. Radon activist Denise Uber (pictured) dressed up as the “Radon Fairy” to educate people about the harmful effects of radon. Uber is a strong advocate for radon awareness. She previously had her home mitigated, appeared in local newspapers and is a continued supporter of the Nevada Radon Education Program.

On Nevada Day, the radon fairy worked to educate people about the harmful effects of radon without scaring them away. Uber spread awareness with her “fairy wand” made of PVC pipe, a Douglas County GIS zip code map of radon results, and her own lab test report. She also passed out cookies and provided important information to Nevada Day attendees by passing out brochures and sharing the elevated height of radon readings in the area. Attendees enjoyed and appreciated Uber’s persistence and tenacity in helping to educate the public about this important issue at Nevada Day.

The response to the radon fairy was favorable, as many had not known the health risks associated with radon exposure. The radon fairy’s educational outreach efforts helped to distribute informational brochures, as well as test kits that members of the public received at the University of Nevada’s Cooperative Extension. When describing the ideal qualities associated with a radon fairy candidate Uber said, "You will need someone who is passionate about radon, educated and able to take a lot of negativity. No one wants to hear bad news, so tell them how smart and simple it is to test. Tell them they need to make their home safe for their family."