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Maryland’s Activities for Radon Awareness Week

by Margaret Henderson

Governor Hogan of Maryland began Radon Action Month with a proclamation, naming Radon Gas Awareness Week, January 21 – 27, 2018. The Maryland Department of Health, Housing and Community Development, together with local health departments joined to educate Maryland residents about the hazards of radon.
http://mde.maryland.gov/programs/Air/RadiologicalHealth/Documents/radon_proclamation.pdf

The Department of Health and Department of the Environment produced a brochure on Maryland Radon Facts to provide the basics to the public.
https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OEHFP/EH/Shared%20Documents/Radon/Flyer%20Radon%20Awareness.pdf

Tools for Local Health Departments were made available through the Department of Health website, which included:
Toolkit Instructions
• Press Release Template
• Social Media Messages
• Radon Week Fact Sheet
• Radon Awareness Flyer (PDF)
• Radon Trifold Flyer (PDF)
• Social Media Banners (ZIP File)
• Radon Message Cards (ZIP File)

The plan for the week was to distribute outreach materials on the importance of radon testing in the home. The effort was statewide, but particularly local health departments whose areas are designated Zone 1 or 2 radon designation (higher hazard areas) were encouraged to participate. Zones are shown on the USEPA designation map: https://geopub.epa.gov/Radon/

Additionally, tools for National Radon Awareness Month from USEPA were provided, including:
• Take Action/ Five Things You Can Do During National Radon Action Month
• Radon Event Kit
• Print/TV/Radio media
• PSA’s to share on social media
• General radon informational webpage

Some local coverage of Radon Awareness Week included:
• 930 WFMD Free Talk
http://www.wfmd.com/2018/01/26/maryland-radon-awareness-week/
• Wicomico County Health Department
http://www.wicomicohealth.org/index.aspx?pageid=51

For more information about radon in Maryland, contact:
Maryland Department of Health
Toll-Free Help Line: 1-866-703-3266
https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OEHFP/EH/Pages/Radon.aspx