January is National Radon Action Month

January 9, 2019

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 and house fires combined. This type of lung cancer is preventable. The only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

Free radon test kits are available through February 28, 2019, at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices around the state. 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.

  • Jan. 9 at Genoa Town Hall, Main Street, Minden, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 12 at Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia St., Reno, at 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 12, Smart Strategies Workshop for Homeownership, Repairs & Radon, at Adams Hub Studio, 111 W. Proctor St., Carson City, from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Jan. 15 at Spanish Springs Library, 7100-A Pyramid Hwy., Sparks, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 17 at CVIC, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden, at 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 22 at Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline, at 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 2 at Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 at North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd., Reno, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 7 at Sparks Library, 1125 12th St., Sparks, at 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 9 at South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, Reno, at 3 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.

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