WHEREAS, radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, contributing to more than 700 lung cancer deaths in Virginia each year; and
WHEREAS, 46 of Virginia's 95 counties and 15 of Virginia’s 38 cities have been identified as having a high risk for elevated radon exposure; and
WHEREAS, exposure to elevated levels of radon in homes is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers in the Unites States; and
WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to protect their families from the serious health risks associated with radon by taking measures to reduce elevated radon levels if found in their homes; and
WHEREAS, inexpensive at-home radon test kits may be used to measure indoor levels of the naturally occurring, colorless, and odorless radioactive gas; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Health’s Radon Program offers outreach and educational efforts to help combat the lung cancer risk posed by elevated levels of indoor radon gas; and
WHEREAS, National Radon Action Month is an opportunity to educate individuals on the available measures to reduce radon;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 2018 as NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.