For most students and staff, the largest contributor to radon exposure is in the home. In the United States and especially Iowa, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers. During the Radon Action Month of January, please learn about it, test your home for radon, and take action to reduce elevated concentrations. Your lungs will thank you!
1) “It’s the Iowa Thing to do.” See what happens when the University of Iowa, Iowa State, and University of Northern Iowa basketball coaches get together with the former First Lady of Iowa to discuss the dangers of radon gas:
2) Hear the true story of surviving radon-induced lung cancer from Gail Orcutt, retired Iowa teacher and SRTSS supporter.
3) Watch the first place winner in last year’s American Lung Association competition: Valley High School’s PSA on radon .
Energy Association of Iowa Schools (EAIS) and 19 school districts are doing their part in 2017-18 by testing for radon in schools with the School Radon Training & Support System. Every month, but especially during January, EAIS joins the Iowa Cancer Consortium, Iowa Department of Public Health, American Lung Association of Iowa and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in encouraging Iowans to test their homes and schools for radon.