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ALAPA Partners Offering Free Radon Test Kits

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania (ALAPA) has introduced a new program to help people protect their health from lung-cancer-causing radon gas. The lung health agency identified three regions of the Commonwealth with generally lower testing rates and generally higher likelihood of high radon levels. ALAPA today unveiled its plan to promote radon testing among residents in the first region, lying mainly in the northeastern quadrant of the state.

In the first year of an envisioned three-year program, ALAPA will conduct outreach in nine counties, including Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Lycoming.

In addition to their nationally recognized smoking cessation and asthma education programs, the American Lung Association announced today that they would be providing free radon test kits to the public through the following three main activities:

How is the Quality of Air in Your Home?

Editor's note: The following information was provided by the American Lung Association.

During our nation’s spookiest month, it might scare you to know what you breathe in each and every day. October celebrates National Indoor Air Quality Month – a month dedicated to remind Americans to take a look at our homes and see how we can improve the quality of the air we breathe.

People average 21,600 breaths per day and with 80% of people’s time spent indoors, the quality of the air we breathe is very important. A variety of harmful containments including carbon monoxide, radon, mildew, molds, formaldehyde, asbestos, lead, secondhand smoke, allergens, and chemicals all mix together in homes to create polluted air.

Try your luck at some True and False Questions to determine the quality of your home’s air.

Questions:

1.True or False: Newer homes contain fewer harmful pollutants as older homes.

American Lung Association in Pa. Offers Free Radon Test Kits Online

ALA-PA Partners with Department of Environmental Protection to provide the program.

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania announced this week that it is providing free radon test kits to the public on its website.

The ALA-PA said one test kit per Pennsylvania household may be requested, and that those asking for kits should be residents who don't have a previous test result for their homes. The offer is valid while supplies last, according to a release.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and it is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking.

New Law Requires Landlord/Tenant Dialogue for Elevated Radon Levels

SPRINGFIELD, IL (July 13, 2011) - Recently, Governor Quinn signed an amendment to the Radon Awareness Act which starts a dialogue between tenant and landlord if elevated levels of radon are measured in the rental property. This law protects over 1.4 million Illinois renters (30% of the population) from the first leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers through awareness and prevention education.

"As the leading sponsors for this new legislation, the American Lung Association in Illinois has worked closely with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to inform the public about the dangers of radon," explains Harold Wimmer, President & CEO of the American Lung Association in Illinois. "Due to the synergistic effects between radon and smoking, we are encouraged by this step toward preventing lung disease and cancer."

Leading Cause Of Lung Cancer Found In Ore. Homes

Watch this news segment.

A $10 Test Can Determine If Your Home Has Dangerous Levels of Radon

PORTLAND, Ore.-- -- Say the words "lung cancer" and cigarettes and secondhand smoke jump to mind.

But Oregon public health officials want people to think of another word: radon.

The gas found in homes around the state is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, according to the American Lung Association.

The gas, which occurs naturally when uranium in soil and rocks breaks down, is colorless and odorless.

The only way to find out if dangerous levels of radon are in your home is to test for it.

“I’ve been reluctant to do it because I’m afraid my house is going to have radon and I’m going to have to fix it,” said Alix Land, who lives in northeast Portland. “And for long as I don’t know that it has it, then I don’t have to do anything, which I know is crazy, but that’s the case.”

Lion-Hearted Lung Cancer Victim Spurs Action in the Heart of Radon Country

Click the link below to read the inspirational story of activist Linda D’Agostino from the latest issue of Radon Reporter, published by AARST. Learn how Linda and others helped plan very successful media outreach in Pennsylvania.

"Lion-Hearted Lung Cancer Victim Spurs Action in the Heart of Radon Country," Radon Reporter, Spring 2010

Students Create Radon Awareness Videos

Students in Chatham, IL are putting their creativity to the test.

Glenwood High School students are competing in a radon awareness contest. They submitted five videos to the American Lung Association. It's to show the public about health hazards associated with radioactive gas.

Students used everything from digital editing systems to green screens to create their projects. Glenwood High School offers its students a comprehensive broadcasting program. One that has grown in recent years.

"Even when I started here sophomore year we didn't have near this much equipment. We had four computers to edit on now we have like 20 or so to use. It's really nice cause I'm looking to go into this field and so any experience I can get before entering college is really helpful," say senior Scott Vennell.