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Indoor Air: Radon

You can help reduce emissions of radon from homes and businesses by conducting these activities:


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Sponsor Awareness Activities

      How?
  • Sponsor events during Radon Awareness Month in January.
  • Create a public service announcement for use on local television or radio stations, or distribute EPA's public service announcements to your local media affiliate(s).
  • Sponsor a radon awareness booth at public locations such as libraries, community centers, or schools. These booths can also be set up at public events such as fairs or athletic events.
  • Maintain a radon awareness booth at state and county fairs or hold a health fair related to radon awareness.
  • Distribute coupons for free or reduced radon test kits.
  • Develop posters, videos, and other materials to use at radon awareness events.
      Benefits
  • Increasing awareness of risk from radon can lead to risk reduction actions when appropriate.
      Costs
  • Many pamphlets, videos, videos, posters, and booklet are available at no cost from EPA and other organizations.
  • Costs to put together booths or customized materials.
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Assist Homeowners with Testing

      How?
  • Provide homeowners with informational materials that emphasize the importance of testing homes for radon.
  • Offer testing kits to homeowners.
    • If someone is buying or selling a home, it's helpful to use short-term (1-month to 3-month durations) kits.
    • If someone is currently living in the home and wants to know the average radon level, then long-term kits (3-month to 1-year durations) are best.
  • Make available funding for homeowners to use to hire certified radon testing contractors or "do-it-yourself" testing kits.
  • Maintain a list of certified radon testing contractors in your area.
      Benefits
  • Increasing awareness of homeowner exposure to radon may motivate risk reduction actions when appropriate.
      Costs
  • Short-term test kits: $10 to $25 per kit when purchased at retailers.
  • Long-term test kits: $25-$50 per kit when used at retailers.
  • The low-cost short- and long-term test kits offered through the National Safety Council Exit EPA Disclaimer cost around $10 to $20.
  • Costs for testing by certified contractors can vary by state and/or type of job.
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Assist Homeowners with Mitigation

      How?
  • Provide "how-to" guides for mitigating or finding a qualified mitigation contractor.
  • Provide assistance to low-income homeowners to mitigate their homes.
      Benefits
  • Reducing exposure of homeowners to radon levels due to decreased radon levels in homes.
      Costs
  • Costs of providing funding for homeowners to mitigate radon problems.
  • Retrofitting existing homes with a radon reduction system can range in costs from $800 to $2,500.
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Work with Homebuilders to Encourage Radon Awareness

      How?
  • Encourage homebuilders to test for elevated radon levels during the pre-construction process.
  • Provide materials on why it is important to consider radon during the construction process.
  • Offer seminars for contractors to raise radon awareness.
  • Extend funding for radon testing to homebuilders.
  • If your jurisdiction is in an area where high radon potential exists, consider developing radon building codes.
      Benefits
  • Reduced exposure to radon for homeowners purchasing new homes.
      Costs
  • Costs for holding radon awareness seminars for homebuilders.
  • Building a new home with radon-resistant features is typically cheaper than mitigating a home after it is built.
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