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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!