Extension offices are closed indefinitely due to the Governor's directives for COVID-19 precautions. For questions, please call the Radon Hotline, 888-RADON10 (888-723-6610). Leave a message if no one answers, and we will return your call in a timely manner. The best way to purchase a test kit is through Eventbrite (the 3rd bullet choice under short- or long-term test kits to the left). We cannot guarantee a timely delivery date, but will deliver when we are able to. The office will not receive regular mail service; please do not expect mailed kit requests to be filled until the office reopens.
Alpha Energy Laboratories is operational and analysis times have returned to normal. If you have a short-term test kit, you can start your test and send it into the lab according to instructions. See Alpha Energy Labs' website for updates.
Get A Radon Test Kit
All homes should be tested for radon!
To Receive A Short-term Radon Test Kit:
Nevada Radon Education Program
The Nevada Radon Education Program is a partnership with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to educate Nevadans about the health risk posed by elevated levels of radon in the home. The Extension program offers literature, educational presentations and low cost radon test kits in many county Extension and partner offices.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no odor, color or taste and is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Uranium is found in all soils and in higher concentrations in granite, shale and phosphates. As it decays into radon gas, the radon moves through the soil into the atmosphere, where it is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air or can enter buildings through the foundation and become trapped inside. When it enters a building, it can accumulate and present a health risk for occupants. Buildings other than homes can also have radon concerns (such as commercial buildings, schools, apartments, etc.).
Radon is classified as a Group A carcinogen, a substance known to cause cancer in humans. Next to smoking, scientists believe that radon is associated with more lung cancer deaths than any other carcinogen. More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year, making it the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Not everyone exposed to radon will get lung cancer, but the greater the radon level and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.
All homes should be tested for radon, and many more need to be tested.
For more information, please read: A Citizen's Guide to Radon (an EPA publication)