COURTESY PHOTO<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Susan Howe, radon program director, and Jamie Roice-Gomes, radon education coordinator, both with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, give a radon test kit to an attendee at a community event.
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Susan Howe, radon program director, and Jamie Roice-Gomes, radon education coordinator, both with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, give a radon test kit to an attendee at a community event.
RENO - Free radon test kits are available from through Feb. 28 at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices and partner offices statewide.

Nevadans are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer to test their homes for this dangerous gas. The tests are extremely easy to conduct. 

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the ground. It accumulates in homes and can cause lung cancer.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 21,000 Americans die each year from radon-induced lung cancer, killing more people than secondhand smoke, drunken driving, falls in the home, drowning or house fires. This type of lung cancer is preventable, and the only way to know if a home has elevated levels is to test it.

Cooperative Extension has been working to raise awareness of the dangers of radon in the home since 2007. Cooperative Extension has distributed radon test kits since 2008. Since that time, more than 16,000 homes have been tested in Nevada, and results indicate that one in four found potentially hazardous radon levels.

Once detected, there are fairly easy, inexpensive ways to reduce the radon exposure to safe levels. 

January is also National Radon Action Month, and to better help communities comprehend the dangers of radon, the Nevada Radon Education Program will offer presentations at various locations. Test kits will also be available at the presentations.

In Lovelock, a presentation on radon will take place on Jan. 21 at the Pershing County Community Center, 820 Sixth St., at 6:30 p.m.