Laura Seitz, Deseret News
There is a radon mitigation system in a Cottonwood Heights home.

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has declared January 2013 as Radon Action Month to raise awareness of radon and promote action.

Radon, a natural decay product of uranium, is a radioactive gas released from rock, soil and water. It is a known human carcinogen, causing about 21,000 deaths annually. The U.S. surgeon general advises all residents to test their home for elevated radon levels.

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Radiation Control recommends Utahns make testing their homes for radon gas a top priority. Radon test kits are available at any hardware retail store or $7 kits may be ordered on the division’s website at or by calling 800-324-5928. The governor has challenged all state employees to test their homes for radon.

The state also honored radon poster contest winners Tucker Nixon of American Fork Junior High, Eric Anderson of Summit Academy in Draper and Skylee Anderson of Meadow Elementary in Lehi.

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Also this month, free CE Radon Courses will be offered to real estate professionals, and a free CE Radon Course will be offered to homebuilders.

Events for Radon Action Month include Cancer Survivors Against Radon taking “Capitol Steps” to promote radon action on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon on the state Capitol steps; and a radon symposium will be held at LDS Hospital at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Huntsman Education Center.

For information about hiring a radon certified professional, how to test a home or other events, visit or call the radon hotline: 800-458-0145.