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Healthy Homes Plan to Prevent Lead, Radon and Mold Exposure Is Urged by Pittsburgh Nonprofit

As Allegheny County residents await recommendations on what to do to prevent lead exposure in children by a county task force, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that helps families create healthier homes this week issued its own report, the 123-page “The Case for Healthier Homes.”

Publicized through an email blast Tuesday to people involved in public health issues and to be followed by additional outreach in the community, the report outlines the hazards of lead, radon and mold that threaten the health of people in their own homes. It shares as well examples of success from places throughout the country.

CCI (formerly Conservation Consultants Inc.) produced the report with input from leading experts in the region and public officials here and elsewhere that have tackled the health issue.

Is Radon Lurking in Your Home? Here's Why You Need to Find Out

Asbestos, mold and radon: three hazardous substances you never want to find in your home. While all three can be removed and remediated by trained professionals, radon is different, because you can't see, smell or taste it. That doesn't mean radon is harmless. If left untreated, it can be hazardous to your family's health. In fact, it's the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Where does radon come from?

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Presentations Available from the 2017 National Radon Training Conference and the International Radon Symposium

National Radon Training Conference and International Radon Symposium:

The joint meeting of the 27th National Radon Training Conference and the International Radon Symposium was held October 2-4, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was hosted by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and the American Association of Radon Scientists & Technologists (AARST). Over 400 participants from the public and private sector, non-profits and universities attended four days of training, presentations and concurrent workshops.

Presentations made on day one at the joint opening sessions and the CRCPD meeting for days two and three are available in the resources section or by clicking here: Presentations—27th National Radon Training Conference.

Dangerous Radon Can’t Be Seen or Tasted

How does Radon get into your home? Radon gets in through:

  • Cracks in solid floors.
  • Construction joints.
  • Cracks in walls.
  • Gaps in suspended floors.
  • Gaps around service pipes.
  • Cavities inside walls.
  • The water supply.

Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation.

Your home traps Radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a Radon problem. This means new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

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Cayuga County Health Department: Radon and Carbon Monoxide Awareness

The days are growing shorter and the nights colder, and it is likely that we are shutting our windows to block out the chill in the air. With winter and the holidays fast approaching, radon and carbon monoxide are probably not the first things on your mind. Unfortunately, these invisible, odorless gases can be a big threat to your health and safety. Luckily, now is the perfect time to take action against them, and the Cayuga County Health Department has the resources available to help.

Here’s How to Get Your Free Radon Test Kit From Weld County

Radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, and 46 percent of all homes in Colorado are estimated to have high levels, according to Weld County public health officials.

With funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment is offering free radon test kits to any Weld resident — limit one per household.

Read more here.

Danbury Offering Free Radon Testing to Residents

The Danbury Health and Human Services Department will be providing free radon testing kits for Danbury residents on a first come, first serve basis. Free radon testing is part of an ongoing city initiative to work with residents in keeping our community safe and healthy.

Radon in homes is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that forms when uranium decays is found in rocks, soil and water. The gas is invisible and has no smell, making it an elusive “silent killer” if it’s not specifically tested for. It’s believed that radon gas exposure is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year and the City of Danbury is being proactive in offering free radon testing kits.

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EPA Grant Helps Protect Vermont Residents From Radon Exposure

BOSTON - The state of Vermont has received $105,000 that will support efforts to reduce exposure and health risks of radon found in buildings and schools.

The Vermont Department of Health received funds to provide long term test kits for homeowners, and to promote radon-resistant construction techniques in new buildings and renovations. The project will also offer technical assistance for assessing and reducing radon in schools.

The State of Vermont matches the federal award with 40 percent state funding to support actions in the state's approved work plan.

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National Radon Action Plan Added to RadonLeaders.org

Radonleaders.org now has a section dedicated to the national radon action plan (NRAP). The NRAP is a strategy for saving lives coordinating the actions of three federal departments and nine national organizations.

It highlights progress in addition to describing strategies to reduce radon risk. Click NRAP for more information.

High Levels of Radon Found in Some Wells Across Pennsylvania

A new U.S. Geological Survey study has discovered high levels of radon in wells across certain areas of Pennsylvania.

The study, which was conducted in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Environmental Protection, examined 1,041 well samples and found that 14 percent had radon levels at or above the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed alternative maximum contaminant level of 4,000 picocuries per liter. While the EPA does not currently regulate radon in drinking water, it has proposed this alternative limit for public water supplies in states like Pennsylvania, which has an EPA-approved radon indoor air quality program. For states without an approved program, the EPA has proposed a lower, more protective, maximum contaminant level of 300 picocuries per liter.