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January is National Radon Action Month New Radon TV Public Service Announcement

In a new TV public service announcement, "Rooftops", the Surgeon
General warns radon can cause lung cancer. View the new PSA here! (a 2.9MB MPG

View the Emmy Award-winning PSA Man on the Street and People on the Street.
Please contact the public affairs directors at your local television and radio
stations and encourage them to air the PSAs. View these PSAs here!

Test Your Home Today!

Radon can be a problem in all types of homes, including old homes, new homes,
drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements and homes without basements.
Testing your home for radon is the only way for you and your family to know
if radon levels are dangerously high. Many people don’t know that reliable
radon tests can be purchased at some local hardware stores and from the National
Radon Hotline at 1-800-SOS-RADON [1-800-767-7236].

The only way to know whether radon exists in elevated levels in your home,
and to protect your family from radon, is to TEST! Find out more: Radon Frequent
Questions and Radon Myths and Facts

Why is radon dangerous?

You can't see or smell radon because it is a colorless, odorless gas. Radon
is a decay product of uranium and occurs naturally in soil and rock, and therefore
radon levels can vary home to home.

Other sources of radon include well water and building materials.

Radon is a radioactive gas and has been identified as a leading cause of lung
cancer, second only to cigarette smoking in the United States. EPA's most recent
health risk assessment estimates that 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are
due to radon.

2004 National Radon Action Month Poster Contest The EPA and the U.S. Dept.
of Agriculture (USDA) - Cooperative State Research , Education and Extension
Service, in cooperation with Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes is sponsoring
the 2004 Radon Action Month Poster Contest and Community Awareness Campaign.
This annual poster contest helps create a variety of successful community and
media events which increases radon awareness and testing.

For more information visit: http://www.montana.edu/wwwcxair/Radon_Poster_Contest2004.htm

National Radon Action Month Proclamation

Read the proclamation encouraging all Americans to join in this crucial effort
and learn more about the health risk posed by radon, test for it, and when warranted
take steps to reduce your exposure to radon. The proclamation is available here
- proclamation_hires.pdf (a 263KB adobe acrobat PDF file).

Read the EPA Press Advisory

Radon Outreach and Education Materials EPA developed a Radon Outreach and Education
Materials CD-ROM (Draft) for national and local radon awareness outreach organizations
including state and local governments, non-profit organizations and educational
institutions. The CD-ROM contains how-to guides, customizable presentations,
sample materials and more. These materials can be used to connect with local
media, businesses, civic groups and other organizations. Organizations can request
a copy of the CD-ROM by e-mail to: hamilton.diane@epa.gov

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