Learn about the state's Radon Program and how to get free testing kits in Jan. and Feb. using our website's interactive map to find a pick-up location nearest you. Kits are available online for $17. In the kitchen, we are making an easy and nutritious power bowl using things you may already have on hand.
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By Christine Kelly
You might not have heard of radon gas, but it's something that could be lurking in your home, and it can be harmful. In this article, we'll talk about why it's essential to test for radon and how you can get free testing kits in January and February, thanks to the Nevada Radon Education Program, which is offered through the University of Nevada, Reno Extension.
Understanding the Dangers of RadonRadon is a gas that can sneak into our homes from the ground. It's colorless, odorless, and tasteless, so we can't detect it without a special test. But if it builds up in our homes, it can be bad for our health. Breathing in radon can increase the risk of lung cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of cancer in smokers. More women die from lung cancer than breast cancer. More people die from lung cancer than all other types of cancer combined!
Why Testing MattersTo protect your home and yourself from radon's harmful effects, the first step is to test for it. Radon testing is simple and only takes a few days. Results take about a week. It's vital to do for all Nevadans because one in four homes has elevated levels of radon gas.
Getting Your Radon Testing KitTo get your hands on a free testing kit, simply go to our website at extension.unr.edu/radon and use the interactive map to find the pick-up location nearest you. Free test kits are exclusively available for in-person pickup. To order a test kit online that will be mailed to your address, visit our website and click on the 'Order a Test Kit' link. You will be redirected to an Eventbrite page to complete your purchase. Please note that online test kits are priced at $17. We apologize in advance that, due to the high volume of calls, we are unable to assist over the phone to help individuals find the nearest pick-up site.
What to Do If Radon is DetectedIf your test shows that there are high radon levels in your home, don't panic. You can take steps to reduce radon levels. A radon mitigation system, installed by professionals, can help lower radon levels and make your home safer.
In conclusion, radon is a sneaky danger that could be present in your home. But the good news is, testing for it is easy and free in January and February, thanks to the Nevada Radon Education Program. So, don't wait; get your testing kit, check your home for radon, and keep your home safe for you and your loved ones. Your home's safety is in your hands, and now it's easier than ever to protect it.
Various grains of different colors in small glass bowls.
Fresh raw Carrot Peas Corn and Green Beans in the bowl by Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0.
Various protein options; chicken, cheese, hard boiled eggs, legumes, as well as a glass of milk or milk alternative for added protein on the side as a beverage if wanted.
What better way to get all of your nutrients than to put them all in a bowl?
Make your own easy, healthy recipe by following the guide below and adjusting to your taste buds.
Assortment of nuts and seeds in white bowls and spoons on a black background, close- up by Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0.
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