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Environmental Health Watch Newslett CURRENT ISSUE EHW E-Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 7 er7

Environmental Health Watch Newslett CURRENT ISSUE EHW E-Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 7 er7

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Working for Healthy Homes, Communities, & Climate

The (mostly) monthly E-Newsletter of EHW

Radon, the invisible home health hazard
You can't see, smell or taste Radon—Yet, it may pose a significant risk to you and your family members living in your home. Radon is radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, occurring naturally as an indirect decay product of uranium or thorium. Although there are naturally occurring low levels of radon outdoors, Radon can build up in your home through cracks and holes (sump pump wells, etc…)in floors, walls or foundations. Radon can also be in your water and can often be found in well water. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the United States’ Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Environmental Health Watch offers affordable radon testing services. If you are interested in having your home tested, call 216-961-4646. Alternatively, many hardware stores offer testing kits which typically cost $10—$20. To learn more, you can read the Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon(Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division)

Volume 1, Issue 7, 12/21/12

Newsletter Spotlight

Fatima Allen, EHW’s Research and Data Manager
Fatima wears many hats at EHW! Currently, she manages numerous components of EHW’s research and data capacity while coordinating our Radon Testing unit alongside Akbar Tyler. Fatima started working at EHW as a volunteer in 1999 and worked intermittently in that capacity for quite some time until her full-time hire in July 2009. Fatima has a BA and MA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy and an MA in English. Additionally, she is a Sanitarian in Training, Licensed Lead Risk Assessor, and Licensed Radon Measurement Specialist.

The Board and Staff of Environmental Health Watch wish you and yours a healthy, safe, warm and enjoyable holiday season. To learn more about the EHW Board and staff, visit our webpage HERE.

Appreciation goes out to “The Giving Back Gang!”
EHW is extremely appreciative to be one of this year’s recipients of funds designated by “The Giving Back Gang”. Groups like the “Giving Back Gang”, commonly referred to as a “giving circle” provide a form of shared giving and social investment networking, enable likeminded people to pool both their passions and their pocketbooks to support and make strategic investments in area non-profit agencies which make a significant contribution to our community. As part of the process for selecting an organization to support, The “Giving Back Gang” invites a number of agencies to present throughout the year at an informal dinner. Following dinner, the members discuss the current issues with agency representatives and decide upon the recipient(s) for support at the end of the year. EHW staff are both humbled and appreciate for the support of this wonderful group! To learn more about Giving Circles via the Cleveland Foundation’s Newsletter, click HERE!

Please consider making your year end charitable contribution to EHW and help us in our work for healthy homes, communities and climate!

EHW awarded over $46,000 in Cy Pres settlement donation
Thanks to the fine work of the attorneys at Dworken & Bernstein, Co. L.P.A., EHW received a Cy Pres mortgage settlement award in excess of $46,000! The funds provided will support our work to address numerous environmental hazards facing Greater Cleveland’s aging housing stock. Cleveland is rife with substandard housing with 80% of our homes built prior to 1960. Our vulnerable seniors and children spend 90% of their time indoors, primarily at home. These homes contain numerous lead-hazards and asthma triggers and our work in repairing them and providing education in order to prevent exposure protects thousands of our families, allowing them to excel in school, recreation, and the workplace. We are so grateful for this donation and all the possibilities that it will open for our mission and work to promote healthy homes, communities, and environment.

To remove your name from our mailing list, please send an email to Mike.Piepsny@ehw.org. Questions or comments? Email us at Mike.Piepsny@ehw.org or call (216)961-4646

FACT: Did you know that LED holiday lights use just 10 percent of the energy of older incandescent bulbs? Plus, they run cooler and are safer for your family and home!

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