Learn about radon and find out if you have it

January 6, 2017

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the ground. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer. Radon kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning or house fires. This type of lung cancer is preventable, and the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

Free radon test kits are available through February 28, 2017, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices statewide. Nevadans are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer to test their homes for this dangerous gas. The tests are easy to conduct. If radon is detected, there are fairly inexpensive ways to reduce the radon exposure to safe levels.

January is National Radon Action Month, and to help communities comprehend the dangers of radon, the Nevada Radon Education Program will offer presentations at various locations. Free test kits will be available at the presentations.

  • January 7, 2017 – Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno – 1 p.m.
  • January 11 – CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden – 6 p.m.
  • January 12, 2017 – Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks – 6 p.m.
  • January 18 – Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, Carson City – 6:30 p.m.
  • January 23 – Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline – 6 p.m.
  • January 24, 2017 – Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Hwy., Sparks – 5:30 p.m.
  • February 1 – Incline Village GID Public Works, 1220 Sweetwater Rd., Incline Village – 6 p.m.
  • February 8, 2017 – South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway, Reno – 6 p.m.
  • February 12, 2017 – Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., Reno – 2 p.m.

Learn more from “Radon Hazard in Reno Area Homes and Businesses.” Check this Nevada Statewide Radon Potential map and you’ll see that Reno and much of the surrounding area are among the highest risk zones. In fact, a home tested with the highest radon reading in Nevada was in the Reno area.

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