Radon Awareness Week 2022

Radon Awareness Week: January 24-28, 2022

Radon is estimated to cause around 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States every year and is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can get trapped in homes and buildings and expose the people who live and work inside, increasing their risk of developing lung cancer later in life. This risk is even higher among those who smoke cigarettes.

The good news is that exposures to high levels of radon are preventable. CDC’s 2022 Radon Awareness Week, observed on January 24-28, raises awareness about risks and encourages prevention by highlighting a different theme each day of the week. Partners are encouraged to use the social media messages below and include the hashtag #RadonAwarenessWeek.

Environmental Nexus Webinar for Radon Awareness Week
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In recognition of Radon Action Month, CDC will sponsor its first Radon Awareness Week January 25th – 29th, 2021.  The week’s theme Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Radon focuses on the need to increase the public’s awareness about radon as a potential public health concern.

CDC’s Radiation Studies Program, in collaboration with CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, will highlight messages on understanding what radon is, the importance of testing homes to determine if there is a high level of radon, and steps to take to reduce radon levels in homes.

Each day the messages will focus on a different topic:

  • Monday—Get the facts about radon
  • Tuesday—Testing is the only way to know if your home has high radon levels
  • Wednesday—Take action to reduce high radon levels in your home
  • Thursday —Smoking and radon are a dangerous combination
  • Friday—Know the radon levels in your area

Daily Themes and Graphics

Get the facts: The silent intruder that may be in your home.
Monday—January 25th

Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking, and it is estimated to cause over 20,000 deaths each year in the U.S?  Get more facts about radon to protect yourself and your family.

Monday

Radon is an odorless and invisible radioactive gas released from rocks, soil, and water. Radon can get into your home and build up. Over time breathing in high radon levels can cause lung cancer. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2S9itPTexternal icon  #RadonAwarenessWeek

Radon is an odorless and invisible radioactive gas that can get into your home. Test your home for radon and take actions to reduce high radon levels to prevent lung cancer. https://bit.ly/3wIlDZKexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

Learn the Risks: Invisible, odorless, tasteless .. and risky
Tuesday—January 26th

Testing your home for radon is easy and should only take a few minutes of your time.   Learn more about steps you can take to take to measure and reduce radon levels in your home.

Tuesday

Radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, according to the #EPA. Smoking & radon exposure increases the risk of lung cancer. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help quitting smoking. Lower radon risks: https://bit.ly/3wIlDZKexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

After smoking, #radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Nearly 1 out of 15 homes has high radon levels. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2S9itPTexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

Explore data and resources: What's the radon situation around you?
Wednesday—January 27th

If your home has a high radon level, you can lower your risk of health consequences by fixing (or mitigating) your home.  Take action to reduce radon levels in your home.

Wednesday

Any home, new or old, in any state, can have high levels of radon. Radon can cause lung cancer. Check out data on testing and radon levels for most states: https://bit.ly/3CjMrSbexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

Your home could have high levels of radon, putting you and your family at risk for lung cancer. Contact your state radiation control program for resources on testing and radon reduction: https://bit.ly/3qIyTNSexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

Keep Schools Safe: Protect those little lungs.
Thursday—January 28th

If you live in a home with high radon levels and you smoke, the combination increases your risk of developing lung cancer. Know what to do to decrease your exposure to radon.

Thursday

Radon is a natural gas that can build up inside any building and can cause lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends testing all schools for radon. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3kKVFAXexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

Teachers can educate kids about #radon with resources from the #EPA. Kids can take home what they learn and may even help protect their families from lung cancer. https://bit.ly/3wQH77Eexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

Talk to Your Patients: A home radon test now could prevent a positive lung cancer test later.
Friday—January 29th

An estimated 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. have high radon levels — and high radon levels can be a risk anywhere.  Learn more about radon levels in your area.

Friday

Healthcare providers: Ask if your patients have tested their homes for radon and share information about the risks and prevention. View new guidance for healthcare providers from the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors: https://bit.ly/3CjD84Fexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

Healthcare providers: Radon can cause lung cancer in anyone. If your patient smokes, it is even more important to make sure they are aware of the risks of #radon. Provide your patients with information. https://bit.ly/3CjD84Fexternal icon #RadonAwarenessWeek

Keep an eye out for other resources and activities in observance of Radon Awareness Week and subscribe here to the Radiation and Health Newsletter.

Page last reviewed: January 20, 2022