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Eastern Nebraska has been designated as a red-zone for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring toxic gas and the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.
Pressure differences between the interior of our homes and the exterior soil can create a vacuum, sucking radon in through any cracks, pores, and openings in basement walls.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
If a radon test is conducted, and the results show that Radon is measuring in the home at over 4 pc/l, then a ‘Radon Mitigation’ system should be installed to reduce Radon in the home. (The EPA action level for Radon mitigation is 4 pc/l- statistics show that Radon causes cancer at a presence of 2 pc/l). (sealing cracks in floors and walls as well as increasing air flow into your home MAY help- usually not enough to reduce Radon below 4 pc/l, if home tests for example, at 8 pc/l).
Contact Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (link to contact page) for more information on testing and the presence of radon.
Read the EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Radon