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Overexposure to radon: Second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

Release Date: 01/05/2012
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543, smith.bonnie@epa.gov


    PHILADELPHIA ( January 5, 2012) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared January as Radon Action Month as part of the agency’s on-going efforts to make families aware of the health hazard presented by radon in homes.
    EPA has created several free, publicly-available graphics about radon, and a
    public service announcement campaign for print, television, and radio at http://www.epa.gov/radon encouraging families to test their homes for radon.

    EPA’s newest campaign is Living Healthy & Green.

    Radon enters homes from underground. So, living healthy and green starts from the ground up.
    By preventing radon from entering homes, every family can have safer, healthier air to breathe.

    EPA developed Living Healthy & Green to educate the public about how easy it can be to mitigate radon. Part of the campaign features former NFL kicker Fuad Reveiz, now a home builder who uses radon-resistant construction and encourages others to do the same.

    The 30 second television and radio pieces are available copyright free. The campaign is available in multiple media formats and sizes for newspapers, magazines, billboards and the web in both English and Spanish. Elements can be viewed and ordered on line at www.epapsa.com/campaigns/greensox/.

    Audio podcasts about radon provide interview topic ideas, see: http://www.epa.gov/region3/multimedia/frame1contents/audio_topics.html.