News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center January 2009 – Issue 42 Radon Action Month
Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. has declared January 2009 Radon Action Month to encourage Utahns to learn about and test for radon in their homes.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that uranium emits as it decays. Uranium is naturally present in soil, sand, and rock throughout the United States. Radon gas is invisible and has no odor or taste.
Radon can enter the home through cracks in walls or floors, construction joints, and gaps around pipes and vents.
Is Radon Harmful?
Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of radon gas can lead to lung cancer. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of all lung cancers and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
How Do I Test My Home for Radon?
Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. Tests can be obtained online or at most hardware stores. The Utah Division of Radon Control currently sells home testing kits for $6.00.
What Can I Do if My Home Has a High Radon Level?
If the radon level is high in your home, you can hire a contractor trained to fix radon problems who has passed the Radon Contractor Proficiency Exam. The Utah Division of Radon Control has a list of credentialed contractors.
Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon
John Holtquist, presenter Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 3 South Conference Room Huntsman Cancer Institute
For more information, call the Cancer Learning Center at 1-888-424-2100.
Radon is colorless, odorless, and radioactive. Finding out if it is in your home could save your life.
To buy a home radon testing kit, find a list of credentialed radon control contractors, or get more information about radon in your home, call 1-800-458-0145 or visit radon.utah.gov
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Huntsman Cancer Institute
801-581-6365 • 1-888-424-2100 huntsmancancer.org/clc
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