January is Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month and the cold winter months are the best time to test. Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that enters homes and buildings through the breakdown of uranium in the soil and cannot be detected unless it is tested.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas caused by the breakdown of uranium in the soil. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department urges area residents to take action by testing their homes for radon during January. Testing for radon in your home is a simple and inexpensive process.

In Nebraska, one out of every two homes tested has a high radon level (above 4.0 pCi/L). Taking steps for remediation, if needed, can be critical for indoor air quality, and improving the safety of your home.

The EPA recommends homeowners to test their homes every few years, even if a radon reduction system is in place.

Stop by our office to purchase a short term test kit for $10 ($13 by mail).

2017 Radon Poster Contest Winners

Age Group 9 - 10

  • 1st - Liberty Pinialto - Hitchcock Elementary School
  • 2nd - Aspen Hazlitt - Hitchcock Elementary School
  • 3rd - Kaiah Johnson - Hitchcock Elementary School
  • 3rd - Abbey Whipple - Hitchcock Elementary School

Age Group 11 - 12

  • 1st - Daelyn Mues - Hitchcock Elementary School
  • 2nd - Alyssa Briggs - Perkins County Middle School
  • 3rd - Dayami Ruiz - Perkins County Middle School

Age Group 13 - 14

  • 1st - Sarah Cockerill - Perkins County Middle School
  • 2nd - Mackayla Wallin - Perkins County Middle School
  • 3rd - Sophia Perez - Perkins County Middle School