Free Radon Test Kits offered at December Presentations
Clark County Cooperative Extension encourages all residents to test their homes for radon and are offering Radon Awareness presentations in December. At the end of the presentation, attendees will receive a free radon test kit. December dates are:
Dec. 8, 2012-12:00 p.m., West Las Vegas Library,951 Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106
Dec. 15, 2012-11:00 a.m., Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89122
Dec. 17, 2012-2:00 p.m., Clark County Library,1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119
Most people associate lung cancer with smoking, but the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers is radon. Although smokers have a higher risk of radon-induced lung cancer than nonsmokers, about 21,000 people die each year in the U.S. of lung cancer caused by indoor radon exposure. The radon health risk is highly preventable, yet few people know about the radon risk or have their homes tested for it.
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium in soil and enters homes through foundation cracks, openings and some of the porous materials used to construct foundations and floors of homes. It is an odorless, colorless, invisible gas that can reach harmful levels when trapped indoors. Radon can enter any home, old or new. Two neighboring homes can have very different radon levels. The only way to know what the radon levels are inside your home is to measure them.
“Winter is the ideal time to test your home for radon,” said Laura Au-Yeung, the Southern Area Radon Program Coordinator, “as most of us keep our homes closed up during cold weather.” If you are ready to test your home for radon, attend this short presentation and pick up your free, short-term test kit.
For your first test, it is best to use the short-term test kit which remains in your home from two to four days. It contains activated charcoal which adsorbs radon and provides extremely accurate results. If you do find high levels of radon in your home, the EPA recommends a follow-up test, as radon levels fluctuate naturally. Depending upon the result of the screening test, a long-term test may be recommended.
If you do have elevated levels of radon in your home, most problems can be fixed for a cost similar to that of many common home repairs. It is best to have the problems addressed by a qualified professional. For more information, email or call Au-Yeung at 702-257-5550 or visit the Radon website.