Radon | Environmental

Radon is an odorless tasteless gas found in nature. It can build up in your home causing a health hazard for you and your family. By breathing in the radon gas, it can become trapped in our lungs; damaging the lung tissueand increase the risk of lung cancer. Next to smoking, Radon is the 2nd leading cause of Lung Cancer.

Nebraska has a very high incidence of radon in homes; over half of the homes tested in the state have levels above the action level of 4.0 pCi/L. Since radon is odorless and tasteless, the only way to know if you have a high level of radon is to test for it. Your home can be tested by a licensed professional or with a do-it-yourself test kit.

SWNPHD collaborated with the City of McCook to pass the Appendix F of the International Building Code. This code requires all new residential construction to be radon ready.

Please contact our Environmental staff for more information on Radon or to have your home or office tested by a Licensed Radon Measurement Specialist email educate@swhealth.ne.gov or call 308-345-4223.

How Do I Get a Radon Test Kit?:
Department of Health & Human Services Nebraska Radon Program no longer sells radon test kits from the office in Lincoln.Special pricing for Nebraska residents can be obtained by purchasing a test kit from Air Chek, Inc. or Accustar.

Short-term test kits are available for $10.00 at our office (404West 10th ST, McCook) or by mail $13.00.

Accustar sells long-term test kits at a low-cost (approximately $25.00) to Nebraskans when you call 800-523-4964 and mention NEBRASKA. More information about Accustar products can be found at: http://www.accustarlabs.com/Default.aspx

Alpha Energy Laboratories offers discounted short or long-term test kits at http://drhomeair.com/nebraska or call 1-800-324-5928.

Other Resources:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service-Nebraska Radon Program

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