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Nevadans Urged To Test Home For Deadly Radon Gas

PHOTO: Nevadans are being encouraged to test for the potentially deadly radon gas, which research shows is at an unsafe level in one in four homes in the Silver State. Photo courtesy of the University of Nevada-Reno.
PHOTO: Nevadans are being encouraged to test for the potentially deadly radon gas, which research shows is at an unsafe level in one in four homes in the Silver State. Photo courtesy of the University of Nevada-Reno.
December 8, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Deadly radon gas is found at an unsafe level in one in four Nevada homes, but residents can get a free test kit that could end up saving a life, according to Jamie Roice-Gomes, radon education coordinator at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

Roice-Gomes points out the radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from uranium in the ground accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer.

"Lung cancer kills more individuals than any other cancer out there,” she stresses. “And if an individual comes down with lung cancer, there is about a 15 percent survival rate over a five-year period. So this is a silent killer here."

Roice-Gomes says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 21,000 Americans die each year from radon-caused lung cancer.

It kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving and house fires.

She adds that free radon test kits are available through her office through the end of February.

Roice-Gomes says the test takes three days and is mailed to a laboratory for analysis.

"Now, let's say that you have elevated radon levels,” she says. “Well, it is fixable. Either you can fix it yourself – we do have do-it-yourself books at libraries – or you can hire a certified radon mitigater. This person can fix your home."

More information is at radonnv.com or by calling the Radon Hotline at 888-RADON10.



Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV