Test Your Home.  Protect Your Health.

The U.S. Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes for radon.  Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell, or taste but could be present at a dangerous level in your home.  As the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and the first leading cause among non-smokers, radon claims more than 20,000 lives annually.  If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix it to protect yourself and your family.  For more information about what you can do to protect your health and take action against radon, please visit www.epa.gov/radon/nram/public.html.
Webinar - Radon: A Silent Threat In Iowa
7:00 PM Thursday, February 4, 2021
Virtual Workshop (Zoom link emailed after registering)

Do you know what radon is?  Did you know that radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and that 71.6% of homes tested in Iowa have high levels of radon?  The good news is that you can easily test your home’s radon levels and mitigation can be simple and relatively inexpensive.

Please join Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach, Buchanan County Environmental Health, and Midwest Systems for this free webinar open to the public.  This webinar will help you to understand what radon is, how it enters your home, the risk it poses to your health, how to test for it, and mitigation strategies to reduce high levels.  You can submit your questions prior to the webinar when registering or during the presentation.

All Buchanan County residents will receive a coupon for a free short-term radon test kit (one per family).  Additional radon test kits may be purchased at the Buchanan County Environmental Health office.

Buchanan County Environmental Health  offers Radon Test Kits by Air Chek, Inc. for sale through their office located in the southwest basement corner of the Buchanan County Courthouse or by mail using the Radon test Kit Order Form.  Radon test kits are available for $8.00.  If ordering the kit through the mail, please include an additional $2.00 per test kit for shipping and handling. 

The Radon Test Kit from Air Chek, Inc. is the most widely used radon test kit in the world.  It is renowned for its ease of use, accurate results, and same-day processing.  For the price of $8.00, you get a radon test kit with prepaid return postage, a full analysis, online test results, and a written report mailed back to you.  The kits are extremely easy to use and animated instructions can be found here.

Iowa Department of Public Health Informational Videos


American Lung Association
Environmental Protection Agency: Radon
Iowa Department of Public Health: Radon
National Radon Program Services