What is Radon?
Radon is a natural, tasteless, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas produced from the decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. Radon gas moves from the ground under and around your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. One in four homes in Kansas may have elevated levels. In some counties this rate may be higher. The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test.
Radon is the leading cause of lung caner among nonsmokers. The risk of developing lung cancer increases as the concentration and length of exposure to radon increases. Many scientist believe children may run an even greater risk from radon exposure than adults, and smokers are definitely at greater risk than nonsmokers.
Radon Test Kits are available for purchase in the Extension Office, they are $6/ test kit.