The American Lung Association's Radon Basics course is a free one-hour interactive online learning program designed to help people understand more about radon, a radioactive cancer-causing gas commonly found indoors at dangerous levels.
This course is designed to be appropriate for anyone who wants to learn more about radon and about how to test for it and fix problems, including home buyers, real estate professionals and home inspectors concerned about safe and healthy housing.
Radon Basics can also equip healthcare professionals, community health workers and public environmental health educators with information they can use to encourage people to protect their health and their home.
This program will teach participants to:
- Understand what radon is, where it comes from, and its risks for causing lung cancer;
- Explain why everyone should test for radon and describe how to do it;
- Understand how radon comes into a home, and how to fix homes to reduce radon exposure; and
- Describe actions that will result in systemic changes that move beyond a “one house at a time” approach.
One of the highlights of this learning program is a special “appearance” of a famous scientist to answer the question How Do We Measure Radon?
Another highlight is the animation Fate of Radon in the Body that shows how lung damage resulting from exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer.
Radon Basics also includes external resources and links to help users identify the best sources of information and help in testing for radon and mitigating radon problems.
Continuing Education Credit
This training is nationally accredited for continuing education credit and/or contact hours for respiratory therapists and physicians. Other licensed healthcare providers may claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity, as applicable to their state licensure requirements
- This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
- This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) through the joint providership of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association and The American Lung Association. The Greater Albuquerque Medical Association is accredited by the NMMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. GAMA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 hour AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
In the US, there's an invisible radioactive gas escaping from the ground beneath you. This naturally occurring substance is the number one cause of lung cancer among people who have never smoked. And the second leading cause of lung cancer among current and former smokers. How can you avoid this problem? The American Lung Association has created an online course, so you can learn more about this national health problem. Radon as a participant of Radon Basics, you will learn how to recognize if you have high Radon levels in your home, obtain resources for help and gain insight on mitigation strategies. Sign up today for free. It's the first step in protecting you and your family from the dangers of radon.
Page last updated: November 2, 2023