Radon

radon2Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., second only to smoking. You can help protect yourself and your family. Public Health Solutions Health Department provides free Radon test kits throughout the year. We also provide information on how to fix existing homes to lower Radon levels and Radon resistant methods for new home construction.

Radon is a serious issue as it is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the soil and can enter homes through cracks and holes in the foundation, walls and water pipes. In Nebraska there are dangerously high levels of Radon and nearly one in two homes has levels well above the safe zone. Radon is a serious issue as it is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that homes with Radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air or more be mitigated (fixed). Past testing has shown that the normal radon levels in Burt, Madison, Stanton and Cuming Counties range from 7.5 to 10.4 pCi/L. Knowing the Radon level in your home is important because the problem can be fixed by installing a Radon mitigation system. Also, it is important for people building new homes to learn about Radon resistant construction techniques. For further information please visit the EPA’s website to view the “Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction” at www.epa.gov.

PHS District results for Radon in 2014:

radonOver 159 home owners from Gage, Saline, Jefferson, Fillmore and Thayer counties picked up free home Radon test kits during 2014. Of those that completed the test kit and sent it in for analysis, results showed that the average picocurie per liter (pCi/L) was 6.8 in Fillmore County, 8.75 in Gage County, 6.05 in Jefferson County, 10.18 in Saline County, and 8.5 in Thayer County. The range for the kits sent in from the five counties during 2014 was 6.05 – 10.18.  The acceptable upper limit for testing is 4pCi/L.

The Radon program is possible through funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.