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Radon Education Programs offered in January

Posted 12/28/2012

Free radon test kits offered at programs statewide

January is National Radon Action Month and the Nevada Radon Education Program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) will offer several radon education programs at various locations in January. Radon test kits will be offered free at the presentations, as well as throughout the month at Cooperative Extension locations around the state.

Scheduled program presentations are:

  • Jan. 3 - Washoe County UNCE, 4955 Energy Way, Reno, at 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 5 — Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 7 — Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 8 — Carson City Senior Center, 901 Beverly Dr., Carson City, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 8 — Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas
  • Jan. 9 — Carson Valley Improvement Club Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 10 - Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 12 — Boulder City Library, 701 Adam Blvd., Las Vegas, 12 p.m.
  • Jan. 14 — Elko County Library, 720 Court St., Elko, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 14 — Carlin Library, 330 Memory Lane, Carlin, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 15 — Wells Library, 208 Baker St., Wells, at 12:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 15 — Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave., Las Vegas, 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 16 — Humboldt County UNCE, 1085 Fairgrounds Rd., Winnemucca, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 17 — Lander County UNCE, 815 N. Second St., Battle Mountain, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 19 — Windmill Library, 7060 Windmill Ln., Las Vegas, 10:30 a.m.
  • Jan. 22 — Eureka Opera House, 31 S. Main St., Eureka, at 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 23 — White Pine Senior Center, 1000 Campton St., Ely, 12:20 p.m.
  • Jan. 23 — White Pine County Library, 950 Campton St., Ely, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 26 - North Valleys Library, 1075 N. Hills Blvd. #340, Reno, at 12:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 28 — Pershing County Community Center, 820 Sixth St., Lovelock, 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 29 — Churchill County Multi-purpose building, 225 Sheckler Rd., Fallon, 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 30 - South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Pkwy., Reno, at 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 31 — Lyon County UNCE, 504 S. Main St., Yerington, 5:30 p.m.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is present in rocks and soil. It can accumulate in buildings and can cause lung cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 21,000 Americans die each year from radon-induced lung cancer, killing more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning or fires in the home. The EPA recommends citizens make reparations to homes if radon levels reach 4 picoCuries per liter of air (pCi/l) or higher. According to experts, living in a home with an average radon level of 4 pCi/l poses a similar risk of developing lung cancer to smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day.

In Nevada, elevated radon levels have been found in one in four homes tested, as 3,044 out of 11,716 valid test results were at or above the EPA Action Level of 4 pCi/l.

Radon can enter any home — old or new, well-sealed or drafty. Even homes with slab on grade, crawl spaces, basements or invisible foundation cracks are susceptible. Variables that determine radon levels include how the home was constructed, lifestyle factors and the strength of the radon source near or beneath the house. The only way to know a building’s radon level is to test. If high levels of radon are found, there is a way to reduce or mitigate radon levels.

Radon-induced lung cancer is highly preventable. A simple three-day test can determine if a house has a radon problem and winter is an ideal time to test a home for radon. When a home is closed up during cooler weather months, radon concentrations typically increase.

One can’t predict which homes will have high radon levels, as two neighboring homes can have vastly different radon levels. Therefore UNCE, EPA and the Nevada State Health Division urge all Nevadans to get their homes tested for radon. Free radon test kits during the months of January and February are available at Cooperative Extension offices statewide. For more information, visit the Nevada Radon Education Program website, www.RadonNV.com, or call the Radon Hotline, 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610).

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