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Test for radon with a DIY home kit

It's easy to pretend that radon doesn't exist because we can't see it, taste it or smell it. To many homeowners, it's "something that other people have to worry about," and they think, "How bad can it really be?"

Well, according to the Environmental Protection Agency Web site, radon exposure is second only to smoking for causing lung cancer. And because it's a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the result of uranium decay found in nearly all soils, trapping it in confined spaces can be detrimental to the inhabitants.

The gas moves through the ground and into the air. Most often, radon penetrates a home through cracks in walls and solid floors and other holes in the foundation, such as gaps around service pipes. It doesn't matter if a house is old or new, drafty or sealed. The gas gets trapped, and if the levels are concentrated enough, it can pose a health risk.

Radon Mitigation Scholarship Available

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) announces a $500 radon mitigation scholarship available to an area contractor.

The purpose of the scholarship is to make radon mitigation more easily accessible in Southwest Nebraska. With the increased awareness of radon and the increase in the number of tests being conducted, SWNPHD felt it was necessary for area contractors to become trained and licensed in radon mitigation.

The requirement to become a Nebraska radon mitigation specialist includes training in radon measurement, as well as radon mitigation. The radon training is typically offered in Lincoln sometime during the spring. Training involves 16 hours in measurement, and 24 hours covering mitigation.

Looking for model of house to demonstrate mitigation

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Does anyone know where I can find a model of a house to demonstrate radon mitigation to workshop participants? I would like something that is small enough to fit on top of a table.


Pamela Turner

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