The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month, providing an opportunity to raise radon awareness and promote radon testing and mitigation.
Radon – a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that can build up in homes and other buildings – is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Testing radon levels in your home and taking steps to fix the problem if radon is detected can prevent exposure and protect health.
The following are a few available resources:
- Keeping Your Home Safe from Radon. In a Partnerships for Environmental Health (PEPH) podcast, hear radiation expert R. William Field, Ph.D., discuss the latest radon research and what you can do to protect your family.
- A Citizen’s Guide to Radon. This guide from EPA contains basic information about the health risks of living with radon, how to test your home for radon and interpret your results, and ways to lower the radon level in your home.
- Prescription for Radon. This toolkit helps health care providers easily initiate conversations with their patients about the dangers of radon exposure and effective solutions. The toolkit was created by the Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments (BREATHE) team at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.
- Radon Continuing Education Course. Health professionals and nurses can learn about radon while earning three free continuing education credits by completing this course. The course provides relevant information on the health consequences of radon exposure and synergistic effects of radon and tobacco smoke and develop communication strategies for promoting home radon testing and mitigation.
Breathing Easier. The Breathing Easier website includes videos and resources to help educate physicians on the dangers of radon and the link between the radioactive gas and lung cancer. The videos were made possible by a grant from the Iowa Cancer Consortium, with supplemental support from the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Research Center at the University of Iowa
FREE Radon test kits can be ordered from the Alabama Department of Public Health https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/radon/radon-testing.html – but there may be a two-week delay from ordering to receiving the test kit.
The Lawrence County Extension Office has Radon Test kits in the office for $10.00.