Mon January 7, 2013
Earth Calendar for January 7th and January 8th
January has been designated as National Radon Action Month. Radon is a radioactive gas produced when uranium in soil decays; it can be found all over the United States.
Radon gas moves up through the ground into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation, becoming trapped inside. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about one out of every 15 homes has elevated radon levels. You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it can be harmful. Exposure to radon gas causes more than 20,000 deaths annually and it is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The challenge is that we can’t see, smell, or taste it, so it’s easy to forget that radon may be a problem in any home, school, or building in the country. The potential exists to double the lives saved from radon exposure over five years. To protect the lives of all Americans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. This is a great opportunity to increase awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.
Individuals, groups, and organizations concerned about healthy people, homes, and communities are the driving force in getting the message out to the public about the dangers of indoor radon. Your efforts are important, and EPA wants to do everything possible to make it easier for you. That is why we have developed this Event Planning Kit for your use.You will find information and materials in this Kit that you can use to get the word out about radon. Use these resources to conduct activities that will yield real progress toward reducing radon risk. The materials are designed to be customized, so please feel free to add or delete language, combine projects, or—even better—invent your own new projects!Radon can be deadly, but remember that the message you are delivering is a hopeful one. Testing for radon and addressing radon risk can save lives. We wish you the greatest success with your National Radon Action Month activities.Please visit the EPA's website for more information.
On Our Calendar: Got Junk? Kenton County offers a Monthly Clean-Up at Kenton County Public Works in Lincoln Ridge Park! And it’s free! On the first Saturday of the month, every month, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, you can bring your unwanted appliances, trash, up to 4 vehicle tires (with $1 per tire recycling fee), and other junk to Lincoln Ridge Park, located at 420 Independence Station Rd., Independence, KY 41051. Follow the signs as you enter the park and Public Works staff will take it all off your hands. Please note: Hazardous materials and paint will NOT be accepted. If you are wondering about something you have, and whether or not it will be accepted, call (859) 392-1930.