Radon focus of April 25 presentation in Henderson

Area residents are invited to learn more about radon and the dangers it presents during a free presentation at
6 p.m. April 25 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway Henderson.

Clark County Cooperative Extension will present the program and provide all attendees with a free radon test kit.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Although smokers have a higher risk of radon-induced lung cancer than nonsmokers, about 21,000 people die each year in the U.S. of lung cancer caused by indoor radon exposure.

Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium in soil and enters homes through foundation cracks, openings and some of the porous materials used to construct foundations and floors of homes. It is an odorless, colorless, invisible gas that can reach harmful levels when trapped indoors.  Radon can enter any home and neighboring homes can have very different radon levels. The only way to know what the levels are inside your home is to measure them.

“Winter is the ideal time to test your home for radon as most of us keep our homes closed up during cold weather,” said Laura Au-Yeung, the Southern Area Radon Program coordinator. “If you are ready to test your home for radon, attend this short presentation and pick up your free, short-term test kit.”

For additional information, call Au-Yeung at 702-257-5550 or email her at au-yeungl@unce.unr.edu or visit the Radon website at www.RadonNV.com.

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