Contact Four Corners for your radon kit during peak season. They are available for residents in Butler, Polk, Seward, or York counties. Our radon program runs from January 1st through March 31st.
What is radon?
Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas. It is found in the uranium in the soil that decays to radium, then to radon.
Where does radon come from?
Radon comes from the soil, rocks, and minerals. It rises through the soil and air.
What does radon do to me?
- Increases risk of lung cancer.
- Gets trapped in your lungs and causes tissue damage.
- Linked to 15,000 to 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year; second only to smoking.
Who is at risk?
- Smokers have a 15 times greater chance of developing lung cancer.
- Children, because their lungs are still developing and are sensitive.
Where can I get a Radon Test Kit?
- Four Corners Health Department
- Polk County Health Department
- Seward UNL Extension Office
- Butler County Health Care Center
When is the best time to test for radon?
Winter is the best time to test.
How do I test for radon?
- Pick up a test kit.
- Follow the directions on the test kit.
- Mail kit to the testing lab as directed.
Where should I place the test kit?
Test in the lowest level of your house that you live in. Keep windows and doors closed for a 12 hours prior to and for the duration of the testing.
How long does a test take?
- A short-term test takes only 72 hours to complete.
- Send your completed test to the lab as soon as possible.
- Completed tests must be mailed to the testing lab within 7 days from the end of the test.
How long does it take for me to receive my test results?
It only takes 24-48 hours after the test kit arrives at the lab. You should receive results within a week from mailing the test kit. You can check your results here, or contact Four Corners for help obtaining your results.
What should I do if there is radon in my home?
If your short term results are higher than 4pCi/L, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NEDHHS) recommends retesting.
If your second test is above 4pCi/L, contact Four Corners Health Department for mitigation guidance or NEDHHS radon website.