FCS January 2023 Newsletter
January 2023 EditionFamily & Consumer Sciences
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Staying Safe From Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that you can’t see, taste, or smell. Radon exposure is harmful to your health. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer. People who are exposed to both radon and tobacco smoke are 10 times more likely to develop lung cancer. Kentucky leads the nation in the number of new lung cancer cases and lung cancer deaths. Radon comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil, in rock, and water. Radon is found in every region of the country, but levels vary widely by geographic area. The Environmental Protection Agency lists radon as the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. The gas is responsible for about 21,000 deaths from lung cancer every year.
How To Stay Safe From Radon
Test Your Home
The EPA and the U.S. surgeon general recommend you test your home for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive. Learn more about testing your home, including how to get an easy-to-use test kit at www.epa.gov/radon/find-radon-test-kit-or-measurement-and-mitigation-professional. There is no known safe level of radon, and you should always aim to have the lowest level. The EPA recommends fixing your home if radon levels are above 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).
Spread The Word
Use National Radon Action Month to encourage others to learn about radon and to test their homes, schools, and workspaces. Tell your family and friends about the health risk of radon. Other possibilities are:
· Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about radon.
- Use social media to spread the word about radon and its dangers.
· Work with others in your community (local officials, health departments, schools, builders, etc.) to raise radon awareness.
Mitigate (fix) Your Home
Lowering high radon levels requires technical knowledge and special skills. To find a qualified contractor in your area, visit https://certifiedradonpros.org/ky.html. Radon is a preventable cause of death in Kentucky, and these steps can make your home and indoor environment easier to breathe in.
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