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UNR Helping Residents Check Homes for Radon

Date Published: 01/02/2020 [Source]

January is National Radon Action Month, and a program at the University of Nevada, Reno can help you test your home for Radon, to reduce your risk of lung cancer. You can get your radon testing kits at several presentations, statewide, and various locations around town, until February 29th.

This simple three-day test will help determine whether your house has a radon problem, and winter is the ideal time to test a home for radon.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 21,000 Americans die each year from radon-caused lung cancer; which is more than people killed from secondhand smoke, drunk driving and house fires combined.

In Nevada, one in four homes tested show radon concentrations at or about the EPA action level. According to experts, living in a home with radon concentrations at the action level poses a risk of developing lung cancer similar to the risk post by smoking about half a pack of cigarettes a day.