Radon Action Month

(January 10, 2013)

Des Moines, IA – On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Governor Terry E. Branstad signed a proclamation designating January 2013 as Radon Action Month in Iowa. Governor Branstad was joined by Mrs. Branstad, Iowa’s First Lady, Gail Orcutt, lung cancer survivor, radon coalition members and radon advocates during the ceremony held at the State Capitol in Des Moines. Also present were representatives from the American Lung Association, Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines University and the American Cancer Society.

“The Governor’s Proclamation encourages Iowan’s to test their homes for radon, mitigate elevated levels of radon, and build new homes using radon-resistant new construction features” said Micki Sandquist, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Iowa.

Information about radon:

  • Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas that threatens the health of Iowans
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and the number one cause among non-smokers
  • Five out of seven homes in Iowa have an elevated radon level
  • Testing for radon is simple and inexpensive

To learn more about radon visit www.healthhouse.org