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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Encourages Home Radon Testing

During National Radon Action Month, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and Cheaha Regional Head Start led educational workshops for parents, volunteers and staff. The workshops emphasized the importance of radon testing and encouraged attendees to take action and test their homes for radon.

The idea for these events came from an ACES health assessment that was provided to the community which raised questions about the concern of environmental health issues. Through this assessment, ACES learned that parents, staff, and other community members were concerned about health issues such as asthma, lead poisoning, radon and other environmental issues that could affect them and their families. In recognition of National Radon Action Month and to kick off their environmental health in-service training, ACES decided to begin their training efforts by hosting educational workshops on radon risk reduction. ACES used grant funds from the Alabama Dept. of Public Health for the training materials and other workshop items. At the trainings, attendees were given coupons for purchasing radon test kits. ACES tracked the success of the workshops by counting the number of test kits that were purchased in the community following the distribution of the test kit coupons.

To find training materials such as fact sheets, posters and quiz graphics that you can use to host an educational workshop in your community, visit the Customizable Radon Outreach Resources at: http://www.radonleaders.org/customizable_outreach_resources.