The 2020 Nevada Radon Poster Contest is underway
The Nevada Radon Education Program Poster Contest is underway! Entry deadline is Oct. 31, 2019. This contest is designed to raise awareness for radon testing and inform people of the danger of radon in their homes. Nevada youth, ages 9-14 are eligible. They can be enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, DoD or home school; or through a sponsoring club, such as an art, computer, reading or science clubs, scouting organizations, or 4-H clubs.
Poster topics are 1) What is radon? 2) Where does radon come from? 3) How does radon get into our homes? 4) Radon can cause lung cancer and 5) Test your home for radon.
For complete contest rules, download the Nevada Radon Poster Contest flyer, or call the Radon Hotline at 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610).
Ana Marquez's winning 2019 poster, Radon, Test Your Home Now!
Nevada Radon Education Program
The Nevada Radon Education Program is a partnership with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to educate Nevadans about the health risk posed by elevated levels of radon in the home. The Extension program offers literature, educational presentations and low cost radon test kits in many county Extension and partner offices.
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 higher concentrations in granite, shale and phosphates. As it decays into radon gas, the radon moves through the soil into the atmosphere, where it is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air or can enter buildings through the foundation and become trapped inside. When it enters a building, it can accumulate and present a health risk for occupants. Buildings other than homes can also have radon concerns (such as commercial buildings, schools, apartments, etc.).
Radon is classified as a Group A carcinogen, a substance known to cause cancer in humans. Next to smoking, scientists believe that radon is associated with more lung cancer deaths than any other carcinogen. More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year, making it the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Not everyone exposed to radon will get lung cancer, but the greater the radon level and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.
All homes should be tested for radon, and many more need to be tested.
How to Find Out If You Have a Radon Problem
Since you can't see, smell or taste radon, testing is the only way to find out if you have a radon problem. Homeowners can measure radon concentrations in their homes themselves using inexpensive and easy to use test kits, or professional, certified testers can test a home. Certified testers may charge $150 to $300 for the test, but results can be made available shortly after 48 hours. When testing for a real estate transaction, it is recommended a qualified (certified) tester be used.