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Extension will continue to offer free radon test kits in Douglas County

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While the rest of the state will have to start paying for radon test kits, they will continue to be free in Douglas County, according to theUniversity of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program,

Starting Wednesday, tests will cost $5 from extension offices outside of Douglas.

The tests were free during January in honor of National Radon Action Month,

Since January is National Radon Action Month, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program is offering free radon test kits throughout the month of January to encourage people to test their homes for radon. After Jan. 31, test kits will cost a nominal $5 each. Cooperative Extension offices are located in each county throughout the state. For a list of offices, visit the radon education website, http://www.RadonNV.com.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas present in many homes and buildings, yet few people know about the health risk or have tested their homes for it. It is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 21,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer caused by indoor radon exposure, killing more people than secondhand smoke, drunk driving, falls in the home, drowning or home fires.

Because radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless, the only way to know if it is in a home or building is to conduct a simple three-day test. If high levels of radon are found, there is a way to reduce or mitigate radon levels.

Winter is an ideal time to test a home for radon. When a home is closed up during cooler weather months, radon concentrations typically increase.

For more information, call the Radon Hotline at 888-723-6610 or visit the radon program website, http://www.RadonNV.com.