The United States EPA estimate that 21,000 people die from lung cancer a year caused indoor radon exposure in living and working enivronments.
Any home in Elko County may have elevated levels of radon, even if neighboring homes do not, and living in a home with an average radon level of 4 picocuries per liter of air poses a similar risk of developing lung cancer as smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day.
If tests reveal high levels in your space, there are some simple and inexpensive ways to remedy the situation.
The local Cooperative Extension Office at 701 Walnut Street in Elko offers free radon tests until the end of February. After that, test cost $10.00.
Take the proactive step and pick up a test.