National Radon Action Week

Radon is a naturally occurring gas and it's the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

This week is National Radon Action Week, and it's only the beginning of an entire year of activities on the national and local level to help increase awareness of the serious health problem radon poses.

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that comes up naturally through soil, rocks and water that contain Uranium. And while it's harmless when released outside, it can be a big health hazard if it gets indoors.

That's why WKU is sponsoring a special training session at Moss Middle School, put on by the Southern Region Radon Training Center from Auburn University. Representatives from more than 14 school systems in South-Central Kentucky are learning how to design systems that would take radon out of their schools, just in case it should ever become a problem.

Experts say while radon gas can pose a significant danger to schools and other buildings, if you're really concerned bout the effects of radon, you should start by testing your home, because 1 in 15 homes has a problem with radon.

You can get a free home test kit from the Barren River District Health Department... as well as other health departments around the state.

For more information on radon gas you can visit:

Also, there is a national poster contest for students in grades 4 through 8. The winners will receive an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in January 2004, to receive awards.

For more information on that, log on to:

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