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Public Service Announcements

Radon Program

Radon Links and PSA's

The following links have been compiled to allow more access to a wider range of Radon information.  These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Florida Department of Health of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Florida Department of Health bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.

All of the links below will open in a new window. This listing is divided into four categories:

Public Service Announcements
Federal Government Sites
Academic / Research Sites
Environmental and Health Groups
General Radiation Information
Línea de información sobre el radón: 1-800-SALUD-12

National Radon Action Month Public Service Announcements:

All links below are "wav", "cda", or "mp3" files that may run with QuickTime or windows media player and open in a new window
State Legislators 

The National Conference of State Legislatures, Florida Senator Dave Aronberg Radon PSA (2.8 MB Zipped 60 seconds *.wav file).  The text version of the same information is a 8 Kb PDF file.

The enclosed text version (txt) is a 1 Kb file, representing a 30 seconds PSA on radon, provided by each of the following legislators:

Florida Senator Alfred "Al" Lawson, Jr., PSA (1 KB Zipped *.cda file).
Florida Senator Arthenia L. Joyner, PSA (1 KB Zipped *.cda file).
Florida Representative Dwayne L. Taylor, PSA (1 KB Zipped *.cda file).
Florida Representative Dwight M. Bullard, PSA (1 KB Zipped *.cda file).
Florida Representative Mary Brandenburg, PSA (1 KB Zipped *.cda file).
Florida Representative Mia L. Jones, PSA (1 KB Zipped *.cda file).

The U.S. EPA Radon Program developed the following public service announcements (PSA) on radon.  These PSAs are compressed (ZIP) files offering the same information (8 kb PDF) on a variety of music styles (and open in a new window):

 
Pop - ZIP file opens a 60 seconds 1.4 mb *.mp3 radio file
Rock - ZIP file opens a 60 seconds 1.4 mb *.mp3 radio file
Rhythm and Blues - ZIP file opens a 60 seconds 1.4 mb *.mp3 radio file
Country - ZIP file opens a 60 seconds 1.4 mb *.mp3 radio file
Gospel - ZIP file opens a 60 seconds 1.4 mb *.mp3 radio file
Kids - ZIP file opens a 60 seconds 1.4 mb *.mp3 radio file
Latin - ZIP file opens a 60 seconds 1.4 mb *.mp3 radio file
Television PSA - ZIP file opens a 60 seconds 4.2 mb *.mp4 Television file

Realtor Information:

Section 404.056(5), Florida Statutes (F.S.), requires "Radon Gas Notification on Real Estate Documents. Notification shall be provided at time of, or prior to, contract for sale and purchase of any building or execution of a rental agreement". However, "residential transient occupancy is excluded provided that such occupancy is 45 days or less" [S. 509.013(11), F.S.]. The department has developed a free video training about radon, available to realtors, and may provide training at their meetings, if requested ahead of time and if there are no other pressing issues. For more information on radon please contact us at 1-800-543-9279.

Federal Government Sites:

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The U.S. EPA Office Air and Radiation houses the U.S. EPA Radon Program. The EPA Radon Program has authored a number of radon publications including:

A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO RADON - A general information on radon and radon testing for home owners.
HOMEBUYER'S AND SELLER'S GUIDE TO RADON - About radon testing for realestate transactions.
CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO RADON REDUCTION - About repairing radon problems
Floridians may obtain these and other documents from the Florida Radon program.
The National Conference of State Legislatures news article
The U.S. Geological Survey has collected soil and radon data to develop a radon zone potential map and has published a document on the geology of radon. These items are available through the USGS radon home page.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory high-radon project has been developing a statistical methodology for providing improved estimates of local indoor radon concentrations across the United States. The purpose is to enable State or other agencies to identify high-radon counties, or portions thereof, more precisely so that indoor monitoring and control efforts can be focused more effectively. This page describes the project and how to obtain results.

Los Alamos researchers, Padmakumar Narayanan, Edwin Goodwin and Lehnert, press release on the effects of radon emissions on human cells.

Academic / Research Sites:

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The National Academy of Sciences, NAS, issued a report on the health risks of radon exposure on February 19, 1998. The executive and public summaries are currently available from the EPA's radon web site. The entire text of the report is available online at the NAS web site.

University of Iowa, Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination has information on a Residential Radon and Lung Cancer Case-Control Study being performed by the UI Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health.

Electronic periodic table of the elements with information on the atomic and chemical characteristics of radon gas.

Dr. Brill of University of Massachusetts Medical Center has allowed a copy of his article on Facts Concerning Environmental Radon to be published on the internet.

Environmental and Health Groups:

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American Lung Association

American Cancer Society

National Radon Program Services - order test kits, participate on radon poster contest

General Radiation Information:

Health Physics Society Radiation and Health Physics Page

Florida Chapter of the Health Physics Society 

Environmental Factors in Cancer: Radon (574 KB PDF)

Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)

Technologically-Enhanced, Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Materials

Radon awareness still a challenge (28 KB PDF)

University of Michigan Michigan Radiation and Health Physics Page