Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and Iowa families are some of the highest at risk.
Seventy percent of homes in Iowa have high levels of radon.
West Des Moines homeowner Dean Newman’s home tested for high levels of radon, more than double the World Health Organizations standard.
“They did some test and found out we had radon in the home and at very high levels and my biggest concern was our grandkids being in the home with that,” says Newman.
Newman knew he needed to mitigate his home but the cost was too high.
He turned to the Radon Free Homes Program which provides mitigation systems to low-income families in Polk County,
“These programs are just a necessity to people who have this in their home and there is no way I could afford to get these systems put in and this program has helped quite immensely,” says Newman.