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NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH Raising Awareness, Reducing Risk, Saving Lives. What is Radon?. Radon A naturally occurring, radioactive gas released from rocks, soil, and water Can accumulate to dangerous levels inside buildings We can’t see, smell, or taste radon

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NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH

Raising Awareness, Reducing Risk, Saving Lives


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What is Radon?

Radon

  • A naturally occurring, radioactive gas released from rocks, soil, and water

  • Can accumulate to dangerous levels inside buildings

  • We can’t see, smell, or taste radon

  • Can be a problem in any home, school, or building across the country


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What is the problem?

  • Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers

  • Radon causes more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States


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What is the solution?

  • Test your home or building for radon

    • It’s the only way to know if you have a radon problem

  • You can fix a radon problem

    • Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs


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How can you help?

  • Raise Radon Awareness!

    • Get the message out about the dangers of radon year-round

    • Conduct special activities and events in January during National Radon Action Month

    • Go to www.epa.gov/radon/nram to learn how you can help.


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January is National Radon Action Month

Who should participate?

  • Individuals, groups, and organizations concerned about lung cancer and public health

    What is the goal?

  • Increase public awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices

  • Ultimately save lives from radon-induced lung cancer

    Now is the perfect time to get involved!


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Last Year’s National Radon Action Month Results

[Highlight recent National Radon Action Month results of your choice (e.g., at the national or state/local level, or project-specific) to provide context and set the stage for development of goals for the upcoming National Radon Action Month]


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How To Get Involved in National Radon Action Month

  • Set a goal to reduce radon risk in your community

  • Plan activities and events in January

    • Work with radon partners in your community

  • Publicize your activities and recognize your successes

  • Collect results from your activities

  • Share your project ideas, efforts, and results at www.epa.gov/radon/nram/activities.html.

  • Use National Radon Action Month to kick off a broader radon awareness campaign in your community


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Engage Different Stakeholders

  • State radon programs

  • Tribal Nations and Pueblos

  • Government agencies

  • Non-profit organizations

  • Radon testers & mitigators

  • Local businesses

  • Housing professionals

  • Health care professionals

  • Human resources, environmental, and safety officers at work sites

  • Advocacy organizations concerned about cancer

  • Schools

  • Homeowners’ associations

  • Other community-based groups interested in public health


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National Radon Action Month Success Stories

[Choose from success stories on:

www.epa.gov/radon/nram/activities

Or

www.epa.gov/radon/nram/archive]


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Tools and Resources Available

  • National Radon Action Month Web site:

    www.epa.gov/radon/nram

    • Consumer information

      • Information for individuals who want to reduce their family’s risk of lung cancer

    • Partner information

      • A downloadable National Radon Action Month Event Planning Kit

      • A national map showing the activities and events you submit

      • Regular updates about radon outreach

      • Success stories

      • Links to additional radon materials and resources


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Event Planning Kit

  • Available for download from National Radon Action Month Web site

  • Resource to help you plan, implement, and evaluate your activities

  • Includes many useful templates, tips, and examples

    • Radon fact sheets

    • Media outreach tips

    • Tips for holding a Radon Poster Contest

    • Sample press release, op-ed, and letter to the editor

    • Sample proclamation

    • And more!


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More Resources

  • Newsletters

    • Receive the latest updates in your e-mail

  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

    • Free print, radio and television PSAs are available for you to personally deliver to your local media outlets

  • Graphics

    • Variety of styles so you can customize Web or print materials

    • Available in low- and high-resolution


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Sample Timeline: Planning Stage

  • Summer – Set Your Goals

    • Establish a baseline

    • Consider how different activities reach different audiences and contribute to radon risk reduction

    • Identify ways to track results

  • Fall – Plan Your Activities and Events

    • Choose your activities

    • Engage key partners and clarify responsibilities

    • Establish your timeline and resources needed

    • Explore ways to publicize your activities and events

    • Submit a brief description of your activities and events to the National Radon Action Month Web site


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Sample Timeline: Implementation

  • January

    • Publicize your activities and events

    • Track your results

    • Share your success

      • Submit a brief description of your activities and events at www.epa.gov/radon/nram/activities.html


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Sample Timeline: Evaluation & More

  • February - March

    • Use your tracking data to evaluate the overall results of your activity

    • Share your success with EPA and other radon stakeholders

    • Continue working with your community to raise radon awareness

      • Promote radon awareness during other special emphasis periods year-round, such as Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November) or Children’s Health Month (October)

    • Build on your successes for the next National Radon Action Month!


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For More Information

See the National Radon Action Month Web site and Event Planning Kit at: www.epa.gov/radon/nram

Contact [provide your name and contact information]

Together we can save lives fromradon-induced lung cancer!


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