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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The natural Christmas tree that served you well through the holiday season can continue to be useful through proper recycling.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), along with support from local governments and businesses, will be offering Christmas tree recycling at several locations around the Truckee Meadows and Washoe County. Trees will be accepted daily, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., from December 26, 2018 through January 7, 2019. They will be chipped and the mulch used by local parks, landscapers, and residents. A donation of $3 per tree is asked to help support this and other KTMB programs. Get the details about recycling locations from “Christmas Tree Recycling in the Reno and Sparks Area.”

KTMB needs volunteers to help with the Christmas tree recycling project. You can sign up online and choose the location where you would like to work. For more information or to volunteer by phone, call (775) 851-5185.

Duck Race and Festival, Nevada Humane Society, Reno
If you haven’t already done so, adopt a rubber duck (or several) now for the 2018 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival. On Sunday, August 19 in Wingfield Park, around 20,000 bright yellow rubber ducks will race to the finish line in the Truckee River, raising money and awareness for the homeless pets in our community. All entries have a chance of winning a 2018 Toyota Corolla donated by Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion.

The free festival in Wingfield Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have family-friendly things to enjoy including live music and entertainment, a carnival, clowns, face painting, a photo booth, food trucks, pet adoptions and more. The exciting Duck Race launches at 4 p.m.

Ducks can be adopted for $5 each at Nevada Humane Society (NHS), 2825 Longley Lane, Reno and online from NHS. There are adoption tables at a variety of community events, farmers’ markets, shopping centers and businesses until the day of the event. For more information, call Nevada Humane Society at (775) 856-2000.