You can get a free radon test kit until February 28, 2019. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that seeps up from the ground and accumulates in homes and other buildings. Radon-caused lung cancer kills more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning and house fires combined. This type of lung cancer is preventable, but 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 statewide. The Reno office is at 4955 Energy Way.

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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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.

If you are new to Reno, you may have yet to experience the full range of weather conditions we can get in the Truckee Meadows and nearby areas. It can literally go from mild to wild in a short period of time, and it varies quite a bit from year to year.

The City of Reno has plans in place to deal with rainy and snowy weather, as does Washoe County and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). While these precautions aren’t always needed, it is important for residents to know what to expect when the snow flies and roads get wet and slick from stormy weather.

It is worth noting that the City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County have in place an interlocal agreement to assist each other as needed when there is a declared snow emergency. When it really gets bad, everyone will work together in the interest of public safety throughout the Truckee Meadows.

Get further information and links from “Reno Area Winter Driving and Snow Removal.”