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Audience: Policymakers, clinicians, medical organizations, media outlets, and stakeholders.

Purpose and use: Raise awareness about National Radon Action Month in January by sending this to doctors' offices, medical centers, schools, and other professionals. Encourage stakeholders to collaborate with you on planning events during the month.

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Tip: Make sure to share this press release with your communications department in early December — ahead of the holiday rush. Have it ready to go out in early January at the latest.

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1 Living in a home with high radon levels can be dangerous for your health. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and it is estimated to cause over 20,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Because of the ways that radon and tobacco smoke damage the lungs, high radon levels are especially dangerous for people who smoke. Their risk of lung cancer is 10 times higher than non-smokers.

Radon, a radioactive gas, builds up in homes over time and can’t be seen, tasted, or smelled — so it’s easy for radon problems to go unnoticed. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test your home. The Surgeon General recommends that all homes get tested for radon. Home radon tests are simple and inexpensive — and can help save lives.

Homeowners can test their homes with a simple kit — and if their home has high radon levels, they can fix it. Radon reduction repairs can be done with the help of a licensed radon mitigation contractor.

For more information about National Radon Action Month, visit:

For more information about how to test your home or where to find a test kit,

To learn more about radon, visit: