Iowa First Lady Chris Branstad, University of Iowa Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery, ISU Basketball Coach Steve Prohm, and UNI Basketball Coach Ben Jacobson all encourage Iowans to test their homes for radon in a new Iowa Radon Public Service Announcement (PSA). For the same reasons, it is also important to test public buildings like schools. Energy Association of Iowa Schools (EAIS) is happy to announce that we have been awarded funding through the Iowa Cancer Consortium (ICC) to help Iowa school districts with radon testing through the School Radon Training & Support System. Kickoff workshops begin across Iowa on October 26, 2016, and there is still room and matching grant dollars for a few more schools! Click here for more info.

Why test for radon? In the above PSA, the First Lady and State University Basketball Coaches share, “The State of Iowa has great fans, great food, great soil to grow that food, and in that soil, radon gas. And I mean a lot of it. And if it gets trapped in your house (or school), that’s a problem.” Radon gas cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, and moves upward through cracks and other openings in the foundations of buildings from the soil under a building. In the United States, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers.

The School Radon Training & Support System (SRTSS) is facilitated by Energy Association of Iowa Schools. SRTSS collaborators include: Healthy Homes Radon Education and Consulting; Dr. Bill Field, University of Iowa College of Public Health; Gail Orcutt, radon induced lung cancer survivor; the Iowa Cancer Consortium; and the Iowa Department of Public Health. For more information, please contact Julie Weisshaar.

PSA posted with permission from video assistant producer, Gail Orcutt.