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Free Radon test kits available in January

Posted 12/28/2010

Results show 1 in 4 homes have elevated levels; free meetings planned

January is Radon Action Month. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans a series of Radon Awareness and Healthy Indoor Air presentations at the Clark County Library District branches during January. Free Radon test kits to detect Radon gas in homes will be given to all participants. In January, the presentations will be offered on:

  • January 3 11:00 a.m., Radon Awareness, Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., LV 89123
  • January 18 11:00 a.m., Healthy Indoor Air, Enterprise Library
  • January 22 3:00 p.m., Radon Awareness, Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., LV 89122
  • January 23 2:00 p.m., Radon Awareness, Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Dr., LV 89131

Why test for a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste? The answer is simple: this radioactive gas is a health risk and can accumulate to harmful levels when trapped indoors. In fact, it is the number one cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and for smokers, the risk is greatly increased. If you haven’t tested your home for it, you could be exposing your family to a known carcinogen that can easily be detected by conducting a simple test.

Of course not everyone exposed to radon will develop lung cancer, but the amount of time you spend in your home and the levels you are exposed to, play a role in the likelihood of developing lung cancer. A simple short-term test can be performed to determine the levels in your home. For more information or to find out where to get a test kit, visit the Nevada Radon Education Program website, www.RadonNV.com , or call the Radon Hot Line, 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610). The Southern Area Radon Education Coordinator is Laura Au-Yeung. She can be reached at 702-257-5550 or email au-yeungl@unce.unr.edu .

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is an outreach arm of the University that extends unbiased, research-based knowledge from the University—and other land-grant universities—to local communities. Educational programs are developed based on local needs, sometimes in partnership with other agencies and volunteers. For more information about University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, please visit the website at www.unce.unr.edu .

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