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National Radon Action Month

PLANE CRASHES; 400 IOWANS KILLED. This headline would cause an investigation, yet every year approximately 400 Iowans die from radon-induced lung cancer, and few seem to notice.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium in the soil left behind by glaciers. Iowa has the highest incidence of radon in the country.

The Surgeon General warns that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, five out of seven homes have an unacceptable level of radon.

The average radon concentration in every Iowa county is above the EPA action level of 4.0pCi/L. Since radon levels aren’t constant, every home (no matter the kind of foundation or age of the home) should be tested at least every two years. Testing is the only way to know a radon level. There is no immediate symptom that will alert you to the presence of radon.

Now Is the Time to Test Your Home for Radon Gas

Nearly 40 percent of Idaho homes tested for radon have higher than recommended levels, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.The naturally occurring radioactive gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, following smoking.

"Radon is a naturally occurring gas and it's created by the uranium that you would find from the soil, so uranium is normally associated with mountains which is why some states like Colorado would be considered to have more radon," explained Colby Adams, who is the environmental health director for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Division of Public Health. "In Idaho, essentially what has happened over time the radon in the mountains has washed away and eroded and it's settled in different areas of the basin."

Time to Test for Radon

If you haven’t tested your home for radon recently, now’s a good time.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that forms naturally when radioactive metals break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. January is National Radon Awareness Month. Winter is a good time to test your home, Teton County Public Health Department response coordinator Rachael Wheeler said.

“The reason winter is a better time to test is because your house is closed up already,” she said. “If you test in the summer, we tell people you need to do things like have all your windows shut, not use your fan and shut your doors as quickly as possible. It’s an easier time to test than the summer months.”

Short-term radon detection kits are available for $10 at Teton County Environmental Health in the public health building at 460 E. Pearl Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mercy Medical Center to Host Radon Awareness Event

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -
Chances are you don't know whether there's radon lurking in your home. After all, radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, radioactive gas.

There's somewhere you can go for more information. Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City will hold a radon awareness event on Tuesday, January 23rd, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Leiter Room, near the south lobby.

Find out more here.

Free Radon Test Kits, Programs Offered at Several Washoe County Libraries

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — January is National Radon Action Month and the Nevada Radon Education Program of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will be offering an informational presentation and free radon test kits at several Washoe County library locations.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and one in four homes tested in Nevada have elevated radon concentrations.

January 2018 Radon Programs

  • Wednesday, January 17, 4 p.m. - Verdi Community Library and Nature Center (270 Bridge Street)

February 2018 Radon Programs

  • Wednesday, February 7, 6 p.m. - South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Parkway)
  • Saturday, February 24, 2 p.m. - Northwest Reno Library (2325 Robb Drive)

Find out more here.

Radon: A Silent Threat in Iowa—Free Workshop

QUASQUETON – Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach has partnered with Buchanan County Environmental Health and Zoning, and Midwest Systems to offer a FREE public RADON workshop.

Did you know 71.6% of Iowa tested homes have radon above the US Environmental Protection Agency’s action level? This is the highest in the US (5 out of 7).

To learn about RADON, how to test your home, and what to do once your results are in; attend the FREE RADON Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Quasqueton City Hall (113 Water St N, Quasqueton). Speakers are Matt Even (Buchanan County Environmental Health and Zoning), Roxanne Fuller (Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach), and RADON Mitigation Contractor, Matt Griswold.

Learn more and continue reading here.

Department of Environmental Protection Encourages Residents to Test Homes for Radon

With 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes having higher levels of radon than the Environmental Protection Agency considers acceptable, the Department of Environmental Protection encourages Pennsylvanians to perform a simple test for this known human carcinogen.

“Because of the state’s geology, Pennsylvanians are at risk of exposure to high radon levels,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Fortunately, testing is as simple as one, two, three: Pick up an inexpensive test at a hardware store, open it and set it on a surface in your basement, and in a few days mail the test to the lab. It’s an easy New Year’s resolution to keep and important to your health and the health of your loved ones.”

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

From the Community: Radon Gas Testing Kits Available Through the Health Department

January is National Radon Action Month - test your home!

Waukegan, Ill. - You can't see, smell or taste it, but radon gas could be present at a dangerous level in your home. The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is urging residents to test the radon levels in their homes and apartments during the winter months, when indoor radon levels are at their highest.

"Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, claiming the lives of an estimated 21,000 Americans each year," said Mark Pfister, the Health Department's Executive Director. "Testing for radon is easy, inexpensive, and the only way to know if your family is at risk of radon exposure."

Continue reading this article, and find out how you can get your home tested here.

Radon: The Silent Killer That Can Be Stopped

DENVER (CBS4) – You can’t see it in your home or smell it, but radon could kill you. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, radon is responsible for more than 500 lung cancer deaths in Colorado each year.

Gov. John Hickenlooper has proclaimed January National Radon Action Month in Colorado. The governor is encouraging people to get their homes tested. January makes sense because the test works best when all doors and windows are closed.

If you think you don’t need to test, think again. Every home, in every neighborhood, in every state has the potential to harbor the silent killer.

Continue reading this article here.

Warren to Offer Radon Test Kits to Residents

WARREN, NJ — Warren Township will be offering radon test kits to residents during the winter months as part of National Radon Action Month in January.

"Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium break down in the soil and in rock formations. Radon gas moves up through the soil and finds its way into homes through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes, and drains. Radon occurs in higher concentrations in certain areas of the state, including Warren Township," the township announced.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

To learn more and find out how to get a radon test kit, click here.