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Delaware Facebook Presence Promotes Radon as a Healthy Homes Issue

by Margaret Henderson

The Delaware Division of Public Health uses its Facebook site to provide information to the public about radon. See https://www.facebook.com/DEPublicHealth/. The page has 1018 likes.

The posts include graphics, details and links to the department’s site. Radon poster winners from elementary and middle schools are displayed. Other posts advise about how to get radon kits, show graphics on how radon gets into your home, provide news about Radon Action Month in January each year, and direct attention to the department’s healthy home website http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/healthyhomes.html.

The posts explain that radon can occur anywhere in Delaware, and advise that it is important to test in order to know if exposures are high. According to the department’s news release (January 2016) by county, the ZIP code areas showing the greatest percentages of homes exceeding the EPA recommended action level of 4 pCi/L are:
New Castle County
· Middletown (27 percent)
· Odessa (22 percent)
· Townsend (17 percent)
· Arden (17 percent)
· Hockessin (17 percent)
· Talleyville (15 percent)
Kent County
· Smyrna (13 percent)
· Dover (12 percent)
· Clayton, Frederica and Magnolia (7 – 8 percent)
Sussex County
· Greenwood (5 percent)
· Dagsboro (6 percent)
· Lewes and Milton (4 percent)

For more information, contact:
Delaware Healthy Homes
417 Federal Street, Jesse Cooper Building
Dover, Delaware
Telephone: (302) 744-4700
http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsp/healthyhomes.html