I came across some scary information about how many Nevada homes have tested positive for elevated levels of radon … the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in non-smokers.
The EPA estimates that while 1 in 15 homes in the United States have elevated radon levels – 1 in 4 Nevada homes showed radon concentrations at or above the EPA action level. And living in a home with radon concentrations at the action level poses as much risk of developing lung cancer as smoking about half a pack of cigarettes a day.
Freakin’ out yet? If not, check out this map on the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s website (www.radonnv.com) and you’ll see map of Clark County that shows Boulder City in the red zone for having a really high percentage of radon potential. Not so good.
So what do to? You can test your home and through February 28th, you can even get your test kit FREE. It’s a seemingly simple three-day process that will determine if your house has a radon problem (and winter is apparently the most ideal time to do the test). If radon problems are found, they can be fixed. Check out the video below for more info on the test kit/process. I’m going to test my house and I’ll let you know how it goes, of course.
Free test kits will be available at a February 7th presentation being held at the Boulder City Library (6pm) – so you can attend that and pick one up. Or you can pick one up from the nearest Cooperative Extension/partner office … or even request a free kit be sent by mail … CLICK HERE for all of the info on the options above and let’s test the heck out of Boulder City!