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How healthy is your home? Test your home for Radon.
Free Radon test kits available to test homes in the Nebraska Panhandle.
What is Radon?
You cannot see, smell or taste radon. The only way to know if your home is affected is to test. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General recommend that you test your home for radon. If elevated levels are confirmed, the problem can and should be corrected. Radon is a serious health problem—but you can do something about it.
How Does Radon Get Into Your Home?
Radon from soil gas is the main case of the radon problems. Sometimes radon enters the home through well water. In a small number of homes, the building materials can give off radon, too. However, building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves.
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. It is estimated that nearly 50% of the homes in the panhandle have elevated radon levels.
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What is the Risk of Living with Radon?
Like other environmental pollutants, there is some uncertainty about the magnitude of radon health risks. However, we know more about radon risks than risks from most other cancer-causing substances. This is because estimates of radon risks are based on studies of cancer in humans (underground miners).
Smoking combined with radon is an especially serious health risk. Stop smoking and lower your radon level to reduce your lung cancer risk.
There are two general ways to test for radon:
Short-term Testing: This is the quickest way to test. Short-terms tests remain in your home for two to seven days, depending on the device. Because radon levels tend to vary from day to day and season to season, a short-term test is less likely than a long-term test to tell you your year-round average radon level. These tests are available at Panhandle Public Health District and are made available to you free of charge. A test kit can be sent to you by calling (308)487-3600 or (866)701-7173. Click here to watch a podcast on how to do a short term radon test kit.
Long-Term Testing: Long-term tests remain in your home for more than 90 days. A long-term test will give you a reading that is more likely to tell you your home’s year-round average radon level than a short-term test.
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Radon Levels in the Panhandle:
Page last reviewed:
December 2, 2016