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A study released this week shows 42% of homes tested in Illinois have excess levels of radon. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless. But, it's considered the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. And, it's in abundance across this area.

Here's a reason to get out of your house this winter. A study released this week shows 42% of homes tested in Illinois have excess levels of radon. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless. But, it's considered the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. And, it's in abundance across this area. Nearly 72-thousand homes were tested for the gas between 2003 and 2007. And, the state lists nine local counties where more than half the tested homes need to be treated for high radon levels.

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10 "New" Reasons to Test Your Home For Radon

We have an “old” reason to test our homes for radon. Radon (found in all 50 states and around the world) is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. And we have an emotional reason. The wife of “superman,” Dana Reeve left us far too early, leaving behind an orphaned son, and a cause without her voice. Statistically as a never smoker, radon is the prime suspect in her death.

But if I can’t play on your emotions, and if you, like me, have already found your new years resolutions to be too much work, try this.

Test your home for radon because:

1. It doesn’t take any willpower.
2. You can do it once (or twice) and forget about it for a long, long time.
3. If the level is abnormal, it’s not your fault.

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National Radon Award Ceremony

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If you're in the DC area at the end of January, please consider attending.

January is National Radon Action Month! Test, Fix, Save a Life!

The 2009 annual National Radon Action Month ceremony is being held at the National Press Club (http://npc.press.org/), 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045, on Wednesday, January 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The event recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed to radon risk reduction, and to raise awareness and spur broader public action to reducing the risk of lung cancer.

This event is sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC) and its partners, the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the U.S. EPA and many others. In addition to the leadership of these organizations, several state legislators are expected to attend.

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HUD Healthy Homes Conference Presentations Now Available

HUD Healthy Homes Conference Presentations Now Available

The presentations from the 2008 National Healthy Homes Conference: Building a Framework for Healthy Housing are now available on line at www.hud.gov/offices/lead/NHHC/index.cfm.

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month, a time when radon professionals, public health professionals, state leaders, and others take action to raise awareness about radon and educate people in their communities to reduce their risk from exposure to radon. In January, stakeholders throughout the nation conduct outreach and host events to raise awareness, reduce risk, and save lives.

RadonLeaders.org National Radon Action Month Features:

  • Webinar on using the Radon Change Package to amplify your results to be held on January 6, 2009. For more information view the Webinar listing in the Community Calendar. Register Now!
    UPDATE: Webinar Screencast (audio/video) is now available. Watch the Webinar now!

NSC Radon Poster Contest: Winning Posters!

NSC Radon Poster Contest: Winning Posters!

To view the 2009 Radon Poster Contest winning posters – both the national winners and the first place winners for the states and tribal nations – watch the slideshow on the National Safety Council website or view the listing of 2009 Radon Poster Contest winners on the National Radon Program Services website.

When Industries Collide

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I want to relate a recent situation that a Connecticut homeowner had to experience. It all started about ten years ago when this Connecticut couple purchased their new home. The home had a water problem in one half of their basement so they called a local basement waterproofing contractor who gave them an estimate to install a partial drainage system. They agreed and had the work performed.

Several weeks later they had their home tested for radon and the levels came back at 7. They call the waterproofing contractor who proceeded to tell them it wasn’t something they handled and referred them to a radon mitigation company. The homeowner called this radon professional and he looked at the basement and recommended that their open backed drainage system should be sealed up and also proposed a radon mitigation system be installed.

The homeowner agreed and after the job the radon levels were brought down below a 1.

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The Children’s Environmental Health Network: Protecting Preschoolers from Radon

The Children’s Environmental Health Network: Protecting Preschoolers from Radon

Although most U.S. children under age six spend up to 40 hours a week in child care settings, little has been done to protect young children from environmental health hazards like radon in child care and preschools. The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national, multidisciplinary, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental hazards and promote a healthy environment by focusing on the areas of research, policy, and education. Recognizing preschools and child care settings as a missed opportunity to address children’s environmental health. In response, CEHN launched the Georgia Healthy Environments for Child Care Facilities and Preschools (HECCP) program in 2006.

Testimony on Radon to the President's Cancer Panel

Testimony on Radon to the President's Cancer Panel

On Thursday, December 4, 2008 Dr. Bill Field gave testimony on radon to the President's Cancer Panel. The 2008-2009 overall topic being addressed by the Panel is Environmental Factors in Cancer, with the December 4th session addressing Indoor/Outdoor Air Pollution and Water Contamination.

Dr. Field's has kindly made his slides available for review. The slides can be downloaded below in PDF format (Slides: 1-33 presentation slides; Slides: 34-43 White Paper testimony).

Press coverage of the meeting is available here.

Radon Presentation at EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Symposium

Radon Presentation at EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Symposium

On Friday, December 5, 2008 CRCPD E-25 Chair Bill Bell and EPA's Susie Shimek held a session titled Radon and Schools at the 9th Annual Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Symposium. The slides can be downloaded below in PDF format.

Slides from other sessions are available on the Symposium website.