Radon workshop today

Free testing kits available
Jan. 29, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

The Rutherford County Cooperative Extension is offering a radon workshop today from 2 to 4 p.m. or an evening session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the extension office on Callahan Koon Road in Spindale. There is no fee to attend the workshop and free test kits will be available.

Tracy Davis, Extension Agent at Rutherford County Cooperative Extension and Mike Lunsford, Radon Program Coordinator for the NC Department of Health & Human Services, will discuss how radon gas enters homes, the health effects of exposure, and mitigation options for homes with elevated levels of radon.

Some homes in Rutherford County have tested high for radon. Houses in the same neighborhood can have very different levels, so every home should be tested.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, and tasteless.  Radon is released harmlessly from the ground into outdoor air, but it can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped inside homes and buildings. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Since radon does not have an odor and is invisible, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer within the walls of their home.

Contact Cooperative Extension at 287-6020.