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January is National Radon Action Month

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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Radon Levels Raise Concerns in Several NC Counties

January is National Radon Action Month. The gas, also known as the silent killer, is found in high concentrations in some parts of the Piedmont Triad.

According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the U.S. and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.

Jen Hames, the health education supervisor at the Davidson County Health Department, explains why some parts of the state have higher concentrations of radon.

“Radon is a naturally occurring gas, but it is in the rocks and soil, and to some degree it may be in the ground water as well, so any part of the state that has a lot of rocky areas is going to have a higher level of radon. There are about 20 counties that are considered to have a higher level in the state and Davidson County is one of them,” says Hames.

Some of the highest levels of radon in the state can be found in Rockingham, Alleghany and Watauga counties.

Greenspace: Too many people still not testing for radon in homes

Radon wasn't always a household word - and for some, it still isn't, although it should be.

Better not to wind up like Stanley and Diane Watras.

In 1984, before anyone knew that the radioactive gas could make its way into homes, and that parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey are radon hot spots, Watras set off radiation alarms when he reported for work at the Limerick nuclear power plant, then under construction.

Subsequent investigation focused on his home in Boyertown, Berks County, where technicians found the highest radon levels they had yet seen in the United States - about 675 times the maximum level permitted in a uranium mine.

In a way, he was lucky. He was alerted to a problem he hadn't known he had.

Officials began testing more homes, and household radon testing became a national campaign that continues to this day.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that forms during the breakdown of naturally occurring uranium in soils and rocks.

Minnesota Department of Health Distributes Test Kits Locally

For the past five years, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has generated radon awareness by providing test kits to local public health and non-profit organizations. This year MDH outdid previous efforts as they were able to distribute 8,250 short term radon test kits throughout Minnesota!

Using State Indoor Radon Grant (SIRG) funding from EPA, MDH shipped radon test kits and outreach materials to partner organizations in approximately half of the counties in the state. MDH partners then distributed the kits to local residents using the outreach materials to raise awareness in their communities. Partners were able to sell the test kits to generate revenue and cover their staff costs for this effort.

Eau Claire Health Dept. Warns of Dangers in Radon Action Month

An invisible danger is affecting more than one-third of Eau Claire area homes, according to the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

January is Radon Action Month. The radioactive gas, radon, comes from soil beneath homes and it's the nation's second leading cause of lung cancer.

Jon Case of Eau Claire said after hearing of his neighbor's problem with radon, it was time to get his own home tested.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommended having radon removed if levels are above four picocuries per liter.

Schools Testing for Radon

Testing for radon is under way in the Ozark and Nixa school districts.

In Ozark, testing is under way in buildings across the district. About 60 percent of school districts statewide have undergone radon testing.

Ozark was scheduled to be tested during the 2013-14 school year. Randy Maley of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Kevin Patterson, associate superintendent of Ozark schools, were able to move the time frame up to this year.

On Aug. 27, Maley began placing radon testing kits across the district. The kits will remain on location until after MAP testing is complete at the end of April. The lab results will be available early next summer.

Free Radon Testing Kits in Northern Tier

Free Radon Testing Kits in Northern Tier

WILKES-BARRE, PA. (NEWS RELEASE) – Free home radon test kits are available to residents of nine counties in northeast and north-central Pennsylvania, thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to the American Lung Association, or ALA.
The kits are offered to residents of Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga counties.

“These test kits equip residents with information needed to confront the dangers of having radon in our homes,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “By providing this vital tool, DEP and ALA are making sure residents stay safe and informed.”

The testing is part of a three-year, community-based program ALA sponsors to promote radon awareness in Pennsylvania. The first year of the program is focused on the northeast region, which ALA has identified as having lower radon testing rates and greater likelihood of elevated radon levels than other areas of the state.

Lawrence Township Initiates Radon Awareness Program

Lawrence Township Initiates Radon Awareness Program

Radon kits will be available from the lawrence Township Health Department for township residents on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a limit of one free test kit per household.
The Lawrence Township Health Department is working in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Section to promote testing for radon in homes within the township. In its “Radon Awareness Program” the DEP Radon Section provides outreach assistance to promote radon testing.

The township is pleased to cooperate with the DEP in this program to ensure residents are aware of the need to test homes and reduce radon levels where necessary. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.

Radon kits will be available at the health department on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a limit of one free test kit per household.

Radon Hazards Identified in Easy to Use IAQ Test Kit

IAQ Index™ provides test kits to help identify radon levels and other hazards in homes, offices and schools.

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that results from the radioactive decay of radium. It may be found in rock formations and groundwater beneath buildings or in certain building materials. The gas typically moves up through the soil and penetrates buildings through cracks, sumps and other holes in the building slab or foundation.

Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in people’s lungs when they breathe. As these particles continue to undergo radioactive decay, they continue to release energy that can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of many years.

Radon Gas in U.S. Classrooms

Radon Gas in U.S. Classrooms

Health officials warn that thousands of the nation's classrooms are filled with high levels of radioactive radon gas. Chronic exposure could lead to lung cancer, but many school districts aren't doing anything about it.

Watch a video of Dr. David Sanderson, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and learn more about radon.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29, 2012 — Imagine your child is smoking a half a pack of cigarettes per day at school. Inhaling radon, even at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level, the level at which it recommends schools take action to mitigate radon exposure, yields just about the same result as that half-pack-a-day habit. That’s what radon expert Bill Field told the Today show in a new investigative report.