Did you know?
1 in 15 homes nationally is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
Iowa has the largest percentage (71.6%) of homes above the US Environmental Protection Agency action level of 4pCi/L.
An estimated 21,000 deaths in America each year are attributed to radon-related lung cancer.
Radon is the source of the highest radiation exposure to humans (37%) which includes all known types of environmental radiation exposure including medical.
Being exposed to radon in the home is the 6th most common risk factor to lessen life expectancy. To put that into perspective, exposure to radon is 70 times more risky than living within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant.
Radon is odorless and colorless radioactive gas and the only way to measure is with a radon test kit.
The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer today behind smoking.
Winter months are the best time to test for radon because your house is closed and dry.
What can you do?
The Black Hawk County Health Department will be selling Radon Test Kits to area residents on the 5th Floor at the Health Department in the Pinecrest Building located at 1407 Independence Avenue, Waterloo. Kits are available during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8 AM4:30 PM. Cost is $8 for one kit, or two for $15, payable by cash or check only. Each kit includes: postage, instructions, lab analyzation, and report of results.