Radon Tests Kits Free at RC&D

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

To promote radon awareness and make it easier for Nebraskans to test their homes for radon, the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council has once again partnered with the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) to offer free radon test kits for citizens living in Knox, Antelope or Pierce counties. For those living in Cedar, Dixon, Thurston or Wayne counties call the Northeast Nebraska District Health Department in Wayne at 1-800-375-2260 to get a test kit.
Winter months are an opportune time for Nebraskans to test for radon in their homes.  During winter, homes are closed up and can trap the toxic gas.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for people who have never smoked.  It is a radioactive gas.  You can’t see it, taste it or even smell it.  It comes from the decaying of naturally occurring uranium in the earth’s soil and exists in varying amounts in most soils.  It enters the home through cracks or holes in concrete floors or walls, sump pits, and drinking water from private wells.  Once radon becomes trapped inside an enclosed space, it can accumulate.

The tests kits are a quick screening method which indicates potential radon problems.  They should be placed in the lowest livable level of the house.  The District Health Department follows up with anyone who has a test result of 4.0 pCi/L or above which is a health standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  For more information on radon, the test kits or radon mitigation call NCDHD at 1- 877-336-2406 or visit the EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/radon.   NCDHD serves Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce, and Rock Counties.

Kits for citizens who live in Knox, Antelope or Pierce counties can be picked up at the RC&D office during business hours of 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday each week. The kits can also be picked up at the NCDHD office in O’Neill, 422 E. Douglas St. from 8 – 4:30 Monday through Friday.