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*National Radon Action Month*

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month [ ]. EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge everyone to protect their health by testing the indoor air in their homes and schools for radon.

Radon is a natural, radioactive gas [ ] that claims about 21,000 lives each year. It is the leading cause of death from lung cancer among nonsmokers in the United States [ ]. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk.

EPA recommends fixing homes with 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or more of radon in the air. You cannot see or smell radon. Simple, inexpensive do-it-yourself radon test kits [ ] are available, or you can hire a certified professional to perform the testing.

*Other ways you can help protect your family and community:*

* *Attend a National Radon Action Month event in your area.* Look for radon events in your community [ ].
* *Educate others about radon.*
* Tell family and friends about the health risk [ ] of radon. Encourage them to test their homes.
* View EPAs free radon publications [ ] and share the information with others.

* *Take action in your community* using the resources in EPAs radon event planning kit [ ].
* Plan an activity in your community to help raise awareness of radon.

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* Write an op-ed or letter to the editor.
* Attract media attention by working with a local official to issue a radon proclamation.
* Download National Radon Action Month media resources and graphics [ ] to use for your print materials or website.

* *Look for a radon-resistant home* if you are planning to relocate. If you are buying a new home, look for builders that use radon-resistant construction techniques found in EPAs Indoor airPLUS guidelines [ ]. Read more about radon-resistant new construction in “Building Radon Out: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build Radon-Resistant Homes [ ].”

As part of the National Radon Action Plan [ ], EPA is working with state and local partners to educate the public about the risk from radon. Learn more about radon and how to reduce your exposure to radon at [ ].

Follow the conversation on social media:

*#NationalRadonActionMonth [ ]*

*#radon [ ]*

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