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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

December 19, 2017

January is Kansas Radon Action Month

Submitted by Brian Hanson

On December 19, 2017, Governor Sam Brownback declared January 2018 Kansas Radon Action Month (KRAM). Winter is an excellent time to encourage your clients to test their homes for radon gas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends actively reducing indoor radon levels when homes are confirmed with 4.0 pCi/L of radon gas or higher. Kansas State Research and Extension (KSRE) county offices and all county health departments can obtain radon test kits for distribution from the Kansas Radon Program (KRP); test kits are $5.50 each.

Chronic, long-term radon gas exposure in homes increases the long-term risk of developing lung cancer. Residential radon gas exposure is the number one leading cause of lung cancer death in the U.S. for non-smokers. The KRP is promoting KRAM through state-wide radio and television public education announcements in association with the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) between January 15 and March 15, 2018. KRP personnel are available to schedule public education programs on request throughout winter 2018. KRP personnel are also available for phone, newspaper or live broadcast interviews. The KRP encourages all KSRE offices and county health departments to include articles in monthly newsletters or newspaper columns promoting KRAM. Visit www.kansasradonprogram.org, or call 800-693-5343 for more information.