Nevada Radon Education Program Home

Nevada Radon Education Program

Radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas
 

Extension offices are closed indefinitely due to the Governor's directives for COVID-19 precautions. For questions, please call the Radon Hotline, 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610). Leave a message if no one answers, and we will return your call in a timely manner. The best way to purchase a test kit is through Eventbrite (the 3rd bullet choice under short- or long-term test kits to the left). We cannot guarantee a timely delivery date, but will deliver when we are able to. The office will not receive regular mail service; please do not expect mailed kit requests to be filled until the office reopens.

Alpha Energy Laboratories is operational and analysis times have returned to normal. If you have a short-term test kit, you can start your test and send it into the lab according to instructions. See Alpha Energy Labs' website for updates.

Get A Radon Test Kit
All homes should be tested for radon!

To Receive A Short-term Radon Test Kit:

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.

For more information, please read:

Radon is Real

Watch this video to learn how alpha particles can be seen in a cloud chamber!

(Note: Elevated radon levels are found in any home, regardless of foundation, i.e. slab, basement and crawl space)

Testing determines a home's radon level

Since you can't see, smell or taste radon, testing is the only way to find out if you have a radon problem. A neighbor’s test result or results-based maps cannot determine the level in any home. Homeowners can measure radon concentrations in their homes themselves using inexpensive and easy to use test kits. The video link below will provide a short lesson on the use of short-term radon test kits.

Know the indoor radon level in the home you consider buying

Listing or buying? Get educated, test and understand mitigation solutions if testing calls for it. Visit Radon Information for the Real Estate Professional for more information.

While Nevada currently has no laws that address radon, the Environmental Law Institute’s Database of State Indoor Air Quality Laws lists at least 40 states that do.
In Nevada, the Residential Disclosure Guide, Seller’s Real Property Disclosure Form, HUD and FHA forms all include radon gas as an environmental and health hazard.
Many informed buyers and relocation companies have homes tested for radon before a home purchase, similar to inspecting a home for termites and building defects. If elevated radon levels are found, the buyer and seller should discuss the timing and cost of radon reduction. Current mitigation technology successfully reduces radon concentrations inside homes, lowering the health risk of lung cancer caused by radon. Informed sellers test their homes prior to listing, and if elevated radon levels are found, the seller should take steps to reduce the radon levels before placing the house on the market.

When testing for a real estate transaction, it is recommended that a qualified (certified) tester be used. A certified, professional radon tester may charge $100 to $300 for the test, but results are available shortly after 48 hours. A certified tester knows the testing protocols, such as where to do the test, how to test and how long to test. A certified tester is a third party not involved in the sale or purchase of the home. For a list of approved, certified radon testing professionals, click on the link below. For more information about radon in real estate transactions, visit Radon Information for the Real Estate Professional.

Upcoming Events

 

This program page was supported by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health through Grant Number K1-96963520-0 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Featured Articles

placeholder image - 108

Certified Radon Mitigation Contractors

A radon mitigation contractor is a professional who can fix your home to reduce the radon level.

placeholder image - 109

Radon Information for the Home Seller

Buyers are increasingly concerned about exposing their families to health dangers and assuming additional financial burdens. In this competitive buyers' market, it would be wise to do all you can to market your home to its best advantage. A mitigated house in an area of high radon potential is a marketing-plus.

placeholder image - 110

White Pine County Radon Information | 2020 National Radon Action Month

Get a FREE radon test kit and attend a free radon education presentation in White Pine County during National Radon Action Month.

Need to contact a Nevada Radon Education Program representative?

Meet the Nevada Radon Education Program Leadership

Susan Howe
Program Leader & Contact
Nadia Noel
Program Leader & Contact