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Radon exposure can cause lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), around 21,000 people in the United States die each year from radon-caused lung cancer (second only to smoking). That's more people than die from exposure to secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning, or house fires.

Because of the geology here (lots of granite), people living in the Reno region are at a high risk for radon exposure. Fortunately, it is cheap and easy to test for radon in your home. If a problem is detected, mitigation measures can be taken to keep this silent killer outside where it is harmlessly dispersed. 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. Statewide, one in four homes tested show radon concentrations at or above the EPA action level.

January is Radon Action Month

Lung cancer from radon exposure is preventable. During January and February, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension "Nevada Radon Education Program" will be conducing free educational presentations at various locations around Reno and northern Nevada in 2018. Free home radon test kits will be available at the presentations. Should testing find unhealthy levels of radon, the situation can be fixed.

  • Jan. 17, 2018 - Verdi Community Library & Nature Center, 270 Bridge St., Verdi - 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 23, 2018 - Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline - 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 24, 2018 - Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, Carson City - 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 7, 2018 - South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway, Reno - 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 2018 - CVIC, 1604 Esmeralda Ave., Minden - 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 15, 2018 - Storey County Senior Center, 100 Mill St., Virginia City - 12:45 p.m.
  • Feb. 21, 2018 - Incline Village GID, Public Works, 1220 Sweetwater Rd., Incline Village - 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 24, 2018 - Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno - 2 p.m.

Where to get free Radon Test Kits

In addition to the presentations, free test kits are available at these northern Nevada locations through February 28, 2018.

  • Carson City/Storey County Cooperative Extension, 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 15, Carson City.
  • Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center, 1535 Medical Parkway, Carson City.
  • Churchill County Cooperative Extension, 111 Sheckler Road, Fallon.
  • Douglas County Cooperative Extension, 1325 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St., Stateline.
  • Elko County Cooperative Extension, 701 Walnut St., Elko.
  • City of West Wendover City Hall, 1111 N. Gene L. Jones Way, West Wendover.
  • Humboldt County Cooperative Extension, 1085 Fairgrounds Road, Winnemucca.
  • Lander County Cooperative Extension, 815 N. Second St., Battle Mountain.
  • Lyon County Cooperative Extension, 504 S. Main St., Yerington.
  • Fernley City Hall, 595 Silver Lace Blvd., Fernley.
  • Central Lyon County Fire District, 231 Corral Drive, Dayton.
  • Mineral County Cooperative Extension, 205 S. A St., Hawthorne.
  • Pershing County Cooperative Extension, 810 Sixth St., Lovelock.
  • Storey County Library, 175 E. Carson St., Virginia City.
  • Washoe County Cooperative Extension, 4955 Energy Way, Reno.
  • Sun Valley General Improvement District, 5000 Sun Valley Blvd., Sun Valley.
  • Incline Village Recreation Center, 980 Incline Way, Incline Village.

More Information About Radon in the Reno Area

Become better informed about radon by following these links and visiting the Nevada Radon Education Program website. Find out if radon is a hazard in your home and learn how to reduce the risk if it is. Test kits are free to Nevada residents from January 1 through February 28, 2018.

The Nevada Radon Education Program is a program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and is funded by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. More than 23,000 Nevada homes have been tested since the program began in 2007.

Source: Nevada Radon Education Program.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Reno
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension in Reno. Photo © Stan White

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