Did you know a lot of homes in Nebraska contain radon gas? Conducting a radon test is the only way to know if you and your family have been exposed. Testing is easy and inexpensive, and homes with high radon levels can be easily fixed. If a home or building has an annual average radon level of 4 pCi/L or higher, it should be mitigated to lower the radon level. New homes can also be built with radon resistant features during construction, called radon resistant new construction.
Some local programs distribute radon kits for free or a reduced cost. Find a program in your area. Some manufacturers offer Nebraska residents special pricing on radon test kits. Our program doesn't endorse one manufacturer or laboratory over another. Radon kits can also be found at local hardware stores and home centers.
If you want to know the radon level in your own home and use short-term radon kit, make sure all windows are closed and limit your entry and exit. Follow all instructions included with your kit. Place the kit in the lowest level of your home where you spend time like a bedroom or living room. Don't place the kit in your kitchen, laundry room, or utility room.
If radon testing is done in schools, offices, or other places of work, it must be done by a licensed radon measurement business. The American Lung Association and EPA recommend all schools should be tested for radon. Did you know our radon program tests a small number of schools each year free of charge? Contact us if you'd like more information on getting your school tested.
Short-term radon tests run in the home for 2 to 7 days. They are useful as initial screening tests because they're inexpensive, and results are received faster than long-term tests. Long-term tests run from 3 months to 1 year, and give a better average of your radon exposure since they account for seasonal variations of radon. Nebraska allows individuals to test the home they live in without having a license. If another property is to be tested, it has to be done by someone who is licensed by DHHS. Owning the property doesn't exempt an owner from licensure requirements.