Dangerous gas may lurk in third of homes

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More than a third of the homes tested in Carson Valley have elevated levels of a poisonous radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension reports 35 percent of homes tested in Minden and Gardnerville have elevated levels of radon. Nearly 60 percent of homes in Stateline, Glenbrook and Zephyer Cove have higher levels of the gas.

“It is a serious health risk that is preventable and fixable,” said Cooperative Extension Educator Steve Lewis. “People are starting to take radon more seriously and becoming more aware of the health effects and the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes.”



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