The 25th International Radon Symposium, sponsored by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), will introduce pre-conference courses and an expanded practicum section at its Springfield, Illinois conference, September 22-25, 2013. The section will concentrate on the emerging risk reduction sectors of multifamily radon testing and mitigation, and radon new construction standards.
Radon,which is the second leading cause of lung cancer and can be deemed the seventh leading cause (after leukemia when separated from lung cancer) of all cancers, is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for over 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States.
The Minnesota Departments of Public Safety and Health are teaming up to bring awareness to the dangers of radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Any home, regardless of its size or location, can pull up radon gases from the ground. Many people might be breathing in these deadly gases and never know. We hope this informational video will motivate you to get a radon test kit.
We talked to James Kelly, M.S., Supervisor for the Indoor Air Unit and asked a few questions about the video. In addition, we inquired as to other efforts that have taken place during the 2012 National Radon Action Month. First, we asked how the video came about and requested more information on how he was able to get the Commissioners of Public Safety on camera. His response was the following:
CRCPD has awarded six mini-grants for the 2011 Radon Mini Grant Program. Congratulations to the following state programs and their respective community partners:
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency and American Lung Association in Illinois
- Nebraska DHHS Radon Program and Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department
- Ohio Department of Health, Indoor Radon Program and Erie County Health Department
- Maine DHHS Radiation Control Program and the Maine Indoor Air
- Quality Council
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Southern Illinois Hospital Services
- Nebraska DHHS Radon Program and Panhandle Public Health District
KDHE is encouraging all Kansans to test their home for radon gas. Studies have shown that about one out of every three radon measurements performed in Kansas are elevated. Elevated levels of radon have been detected in every county in the state with some areas testing higher than others.
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January is National Radon Action Month, and winter is an excellent time for Kansas residents to test their home for this odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that causes nearly 100 times more deaths each year than carbon monoxide poisoning.
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The state of Connecticut is announcing their National Radon Action Month Conference for January 10, 2017 in Prospect, CT. Nationally certified radon professionals, Local Directors of Health and other Healthy Homes Partners will be in attendance. Please see the attached draft agenda. They usually have approximately 70 attendees at these annual meetings. The contact is: Allison Sullivan, CT Department of Public Health, Lead, Radon, Healthy Homes Program, 860-509-7299, www.ct.gov/dph/radon
Registration information will be available soon.
The California Department of Public Health will offer Kings County residents free radon testing kits in an effort to prevent lung cancer.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that develops naturally. After cigarette smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Participants will place the test in their home for a few days, then send it back for analysis. The test does not interfere with normal household activities.
Radon, first discovered in Berks in the 1980s, is a colorless, odorless, tasteless natural gas, stemming from uranium and found in the soil.
"I think it's something people typically underestimate and don't really understand," said Dr. Dennis Sopka, Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Radon causes 15,000 cases of lung cancer each year, according to scientists. Sopka said the real concern is long-term exposure.
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Check out this radon Q&A from Rosie Romero’s radio show in Arizona.
With winter on the way, many people are making sure best practices are in place for a weather-tight season. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) November 1st Soils Matter blog post explains why “home sweet home” is worth an inexpensive radon test for peace of mind through the winter months.
Nick Comerford, a professor in the soil and water science department at University of Florida, explains how radon forms. Its parent material, uranium, is found in most soil. As uranium decays, it eventually becomes radon gas. Depending on the level, radon gas can lead to health issues, including lung cancer. The risk increases if cigarette smoke and other particles are also present.
“Radon can move as a gas through the soil and enter your house through holes in the foundation.” Comerford says. “These holes might be found in places like the shower, toilet, other drains, etc. Any dust particles you have floating around your house collect radon – which you can then inhale.”