Extension focuses on radon at upcoming sessions

Special to the HDN

Radon is a natural, tasteless, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas produced from the decay of radioactive elements in the soil. The gas moves from under and around a home through cracks and crevices in the foundation to collect inside.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America, after cigarette smoking. Nearly one of four homes in Kansas could have elevated radon levels, but levels can vary even from home to home in the same neighborhood.

To help Ellis County residents learn more about radon, the Ellis County Extension will host two training programs Feb. 8 at the Extension office, 601 Main. The noon program for the general public will provide basic information about radon, its health effects, how to test and what to do about radon. Bring a lunch if desired, beverages will be provided.

A four-hour training course for professionals will follow from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., also at the Extension office. This in-depth course will provide continuing education credit for real estate professionals and radon measurement and mitigation professionals. The cost is $5 for materials and refreshments. The guest speaker for both programs is Brian Hanson, Kansas radon program coordinator at Kansas State University Extension Engineering.

Registration for both radon classes is requested by Feb. 1 by calling (785) 628-9430 or emailing el@listserv.ksu.edu.

Radon screening kits are available for $5.50 at the Extension, and winter is the best time for testing.