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Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department is working with the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) on a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure. SWNPHD urges area residents to take action by testing their homes for radon during January.
Educating the public has been a focus of SWNPHD through the radon poster contest, which is open to youth ages 9-14. The top 30 posters from the eight-county district are currently on display at McCook Abstract & Title Company located at 318 Norris Avenue.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. It 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. In Nebraska, one out of every two homes tested has a high radon level (above 4.0 pCi/L).
For more information review the web site at www.swhealth.ne.gov or the Nebraska radon program website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/radon_index.aspx.
For more information on radon, testing, and mitigation contact Denise Ringenberg at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the McCook office at 308-345-4223. The office is located at 404 West 10th Street, one block north of Arby’s. SWNPHD is also on Facebook and Twitter. The health department serves Perkins County and seven others.