Most folks know smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, but the number-two cause is radon.
While the EPA estimates one in every 15 homes nationwide has elevated radon levels, many parts of Nebraska are at much greater risk.
Micki Sandquist, spokeswoman for the American Lung Association, says radon levels are at their highest during winter months.
“Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas that is produced from decay naturally occuring in the soil and it enters homes through their basements,” Sandquist says. “We are encouraging people to test their homes to see if they have radon in their home and if so, to take care of it.”
Radon awareness projects in several Nebraska communities offer free radon testing kits. To find out if there is a local radon project near you, go to:
Testing kits are easy to use and usually cost less than $20. Sandquist says most of the state’s American Lung Association chapters will have them in stock.
Sandquist says, “You keep the kit in the basement or the lowest level of the home and you send the test away and the results come back and let you know the level of radon that is in your home or if there’s no radon in your home.”
Homes with high radon levels can usually be fixed with simple and affordable venting techniques.
Learn more by calling 800-383-5992 or visit: www.healthhouse.org