University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Offices and partner offices across the state are offering free radon test kits. Radon is a “radioactive, colorless gas that comes from the ground, accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer,” and if found, can be fixed. The free kits are being offered from December 1st through February 28th. According to an article (see link below) in the Reno Gazette Journal, “the Environmental Protection Agency estimates 21,000 Americans die each year from radon-caused lung cancer, killing more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning or house fires.”
The Nevada Radon Education Program offers radon education presentations to realtors, homeowner associations, builders, and the general public. To schedule a presentation contact Jamie Roice-Gomes, education coordinator, at 775-336-0252 or firstname.lastname@example.org. January is National Radon Action Month, and the presentations help to inform the public about the dangers of Radon.
“Cooperative Extension, the EPA and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health urge all Nevadans to get their homes tested for radon.” You can call the Radon Hotline 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610) or visit the Nevada Radon Education program website at www.RadonNV.com for more information.
Photo Source: http://lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com/radon/
UNR photo source: http://www.unce.unr.edu/blogs/southernarea/2013/01/25/3-cooperative-extension-educators-earn-full-professorship-rank/