Radon Awareness

What is Radon? 

  • Radioactive gas that comes from soil, rocks, and minerals
  • Colorless, tasteless, odorless 
  • Uranium in the soil decays and becomes radium, then radon
  • Radon rises through the soil and into the air
  • Northeast Nebraska has some of the highest rates of Radon in soil across the state of Nebraska.

What does Radon do to me? 

  • Raises risk of lung cancer, even if you do not smoke cigarettes
  • Gets trapped in your lungs and harms the tissue
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer

Who is at risk? 

  • Everyone is at risk, mainly children because their lungs are still growing and can be harmed easily.
  • Smokers have a 15 times greater chance of getting lung cancer because of how tobacco smoke and radon gas react together.

What are normal Radon levels in my county?

Normal levels at below 4 pCi/L. If your home tests a level that is higher than this contact NNPHD for next steps.

The State of Nebraska, Environmental Health office collects data to track areas high in radon across Nebraska.  Northeast Nebraska has some of the highest levels in the state.  To see a map of areas high in radon click on this link: 

Where can I go to get a Radon Test Kit?

NNPHD provides Radon* test kits to people who live in the NNPHD Health District of Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties. We ask for $5 per test kit, this allows us to buy more test kits than what the grant can afford.  NNPHD also works with your local UNL Extension Office so you can pick one up closer to your own community. Click on the County to visit the Extension website.

*Supported through a grant from the Nebraska and U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services