Radon

What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.

You can't see radon. And you can't smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home.

Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. Although the association between radon exposure and smoking is not well understood, exposure to the combination of radon gas and cigarette smoke creates a greater risk for lung cancer than either factor alone. The majority of radon-related cancer deaths occur among smokers.

Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.

 

Online Radon Curriculum for Schools

The American Lung Association in Colorado (ALAC) has created an online radon curriculum, designed for grade school students to receive education in an extra-credit for science class application. Students will receive this free radon education as promoted through their health and/or science teachers. The online curriculum that the students complete will feed the ALAC information about the percentage of correct answers scored by participants. Participants will be encouraged to share what they learned with their families. They will then take the messaging home and educate their families, which will lead to more residents testing their homes for radon.

Please promote this link to the online slideshow to schools in your community TO BE FOLLOWED BY this brief Quiz to test your gained knowledge!!