Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, radioactive gas that can seep into a house through the foundation, causing cancer. Every region of Wisconsin has some homes with elevated radon levels. The only way to find out if you have elevated radon levels in your home is to measure it.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the first leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The EPA estimates that as many as 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year are caused by radon.
Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas that is present in the ground. However, not everyone that is exposed to elevated levels of radon gas will develop lung cancer. A person’s risk increases when they are exposed to elevated radon levels or by living in a home that has elevated levels of radon. Both old and new homes can be susceptible to radon. Between five and ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have radon level above the US EPA guidelines.
Radon Testing Kits
All homes should be tested for radon. Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. Radon testing kits are available in hardware stores, drug stores and local health departments.
The cost of the short term kit is $8.00 and the long term kit is $18.75 if obtained through the Lincoln County Health Department.
Radon can be controlled in any home once concentrations are tested. There are simple ways to fix a radon problem that aren’t too costly. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. More than 60 radon mitigation contractors in Wisconsin are nationally certified to install radon control systems if your home has an elevated level of radon. Once radon test results are received by the home owner, Lincoln County Health Department can assist in providing resources for mitigation.
If you have any questions or would like more information on radon please call Lincoln County Health Department at the Lincoln County Health Department 715-536-0307.