Have you tested your home for Radon? Do you know what Radon is? Most people have no idea that Radon is present in many homes, not only in Nevada, but in homes all across the country, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year and that is why the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has proclaimed January National Radon Action Month.
What is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no odor, color or taste and is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Uranium is found in all soils and in rocks such as granite. As uranium decays, it turns to radon gas that then moves through the atmosphere and can enter your home. When trapped indoors it accumulates to harmful levels that when you are exposed to, can cause lung cancer over time.
During winter months, most homes are closed up and radon gets trapped inside. That is why the EPA proclaimed January National Radon Action Month. If your home has the radon gas present, it will most likely be at its highest levels during the cold, winter months. A good time to test your home for radon is now.
Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect its presence. Test kits are commercially available and can be purchased and used by the homeowner without having to call someone to do it for you.
To obtain a low cost test kit and to find out more about radon, you can call the Radon Hot Line at 888-723-6610. Nevada residents can contact the Nevada State Health Division by calling 775-687-7531 or 775-687-7536.
Some counties in Nevada are offering radon test kits for free while some counties are offering the test kits for only $5.00. To find out how to get your radon test kit you can visit the Nevada Radon Education Program Web Site at www.unce.unr.edu/radon or call the Radon Hot Line at 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610).
**Washoe County Residents can receive a FREE radon test kit by going to the Cooperative Extension Office located at 5305 Mills Street, Reno, Nevada 89502.**
Call the Nevada State Health Division at 775-687-7531 for radon test kit information.
January Is National Radon Action Month ~ Nevada Home Owners Get Radon Test Kits