Nebraska residents’ health may be at risk from radon exposure, especially children. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been recorded in high levels in Nebraska. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and claims over 20,000 lives annually.
NDHHS provides free testing kits and recommends that families are regularly testing their radon levels. Homes with radon levels above NDHHS guidelines (4 pCi/L) should be mitigated immediately to reduce health risks.