ELY – January is National Radon Action Month and to better help communities comprehend the dangers of radon, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program will offer radon education presentations at various locations. In Ely, the scheduled program will be Jan. 6, at 6 p.m., at the White Pine County Library, 950 Campton St., in Ely. Radon test kits will be available at the presentation.
Free radon test kits are also available through Feb. 28 at the White Pine County Cooperative Extension office, 995 Campton St., as well as at Cooperative Extension offices statewide. Nevadans are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer to test their homes for this dangerous gas. The tests are extremely easy to conduct.
Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the ground. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 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 house fires. This type of lung cancer is preventable, and the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.
Cooperative Extension has been working to raise awareness of the dangers of radon in the home since 2007. They have distributed radon test kits since 2008. Since that time, more than 16,000 homes have been tested in Nevada, and results indicate that one in four found potentially hazardous radon levels. In White Pine County, 29 percent of the homes tested were found to have elevated levels of radon. Once detected, there are fairly easy, inexpensive ways to reduce the radon exposure to safe levels.
Cooperative Extension, the EPA and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health urge all Nevadans to get their homes tested for radon. For more information, visit the
Nevada Radon Education Program website at www.RadonNV.com, call the Radon Hotline at 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610), or contact White Pine County Cooperative Extension at 775-293-6599.