CR3 News Magazine 2017 VOL 1: January National Radon Action Month - Page 4

or or The only way to know if you are living with high levels of radon is to test!

Where should you place the test device? If the home has a basement, place it there. If there is no basement, place it in the bedroom or family room. Be sure to read the directions on the test device carefully.

When to test is up to you; now is a great time! It is important that the doors and windows stay closed 12 hours before the test begins. In the winter, that is easy. January is National Radon Action Month; however, each month should be considered radon action month!

How you can protect yourself and others? The answer is through education and action. If your level is elevated, contact a certified radon professional to install a radon mitigation system for you. If a mitigation system is properly installed, it can reduce your radon level by up to 95%. You can find a certified radon mitigator in your area on these sites: www.nrpp.inf/radon_mitigation_service.shtml or or live.htm.

What you can also do includes contacting your state legislators and informing them about your concern over the lack of awareness, education, and action needed to protect you and others from this silent killer—radon-- that is so unknown to so many of our citizens. You can find out about the state radon laws at Click on radon topic to see a list of radon publications by the Environmental Law Institute including a database of all the state radon laws which is updated annually. Remember, you are the one who can protect yourself and others by sharing your knowledge of the danger of radioactive radon gas exposure with your friends, family, neighbors, and legislators. Please take action today. The following agencies strongly urge you to test for radon and reduce concentrations as needed to protect your health and the health of your family: American Medical Association, Center for Disease Control, National Cancer Institute, National Academy of Science, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Gloria Linnertz

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