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Title: Radon awareness, testing, and remediation survey among New York State residents

Abstract

Between November 1995 and January 1997, a radon awareness, testing, and remediation survey was conducted to measure general awareness and factual knowledge about radon and prevalence of radon testing and remediation among New York State residents. The survey found that 82% of 1,209 respondents had heard of radon, but only 21% were knowledgeably aware of radon. With regard to radon testing, only 15% of respondents who were aware of radon had their homes tested. The percentage of respondents who were aware or knowledgeably aware of radon increased with increasing education level. The findings from the study suggest that the New York State public awareness programs that targeted high radon areas did show some effect both by increasing public awareness and promoting residential testing. The relatively low percentage of respondents who were knowledgeably aware of radon and the low percentage who had tested their homes strongly suggest that renewed efforts by the public health community are needed to increase knowledge about radon and its health effects and to encourage radon testing and remediation.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
New York State Dept. of Health, Troy, NY (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
Environmental Protection Agency
OSTI Identifier:
20075793
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Health Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 78; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: PBD: Jun 2000; Journal ID: ISSN 0017-9078
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; INDOOR AIR CONTAMINATION; RADON; RADIATION MONITORING; NEW YORK; REMEDIAL ACTION; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; PUBLIC INFORMATION

Citation Formats

Wang, Y., Ju, C., Stark, A.D., and Teresi, N. Radon awareness, testing, and remediation survey among New York State residents. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1097/00004032-200006000-00006.
Wang, Y., Ju, C., Stark, A.D., & Teresi, N. Radon awareness, testing, and remediation survey among New York State residents. United States. doi:10.1097/00004032-200006000-00006.
Wang, Y., Ju, C., Stark, A.D., and Teresi, N. Thu . "Radon awareness, testing, and remediation survey among New York State residents". United States. doi:10.1097/00004032-200006000-00006.
@article{osti_20075793,
title = {Radon awareness, testing, and remediation survey among New York State residents},
author = {Wang, Y. and Ju, C. and Stark, A.D. and Teresi, N.},
abstractNote = {Between November 1995 and January 1997, a radon awareness, testing, and remediation survey was conducted to measure general awareness and factual knowledge about radon and prevalence of radon testing and remediation among New York State residents. The survey found that 82% of 1,209 respondents had heard of radon, but only 21% were knowledgeably aware of radon. With regard to radon testing, only 15% of respondents who were aware of radon had their homes tested. The percentage of respondents who were aware or knowledgeably aware of radon increased with increasing education level. The findings from the study suggest that the New York State public awareness programs that targeted high radon areas did show some effect both by increasing public awareness and promoting residential testing. The relatively low percentage of respondents who were knowledgeably aware of radon and the low percentage who had tested their homes strongly suggest that renewed efforts by the public health community are needed to increase knowledge about radon and its health effects and to encourage radon testing and remediation.},
doi = {10.1097/00004032-200006000-00006},
journal = {Health Physics},
issn = {0017-9078},
number = 6,
volume = 78,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {6}
}