One in 10 homes in Wisconsin have high radon levels. Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas, and cannot be seen or smelled. Radon can even cause lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The good news is a radon problem can be fixed.
How does radon get into a home? Radon can leak into a home from the ground and soil beneath it. Since radon is invisible, odorless and tasteless the only way to know if it is present is to test the home. The best time to test a home is during the winter months when doors and windows are not open.
Test kits are easy to use and available at the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD). For the month of January only, OCHD is offering a special discounted price on radon test kits. Test kits will be available at OCHD until Jan. 31 for only $10. Stop by the office anytime from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and ask for a radon test kit. No appointment is needed.
For homes found to have high radon levels, there are over 100 certified professionals throughout Wisconsin who can help. Professionals use a technique called “radon mitigation.” This approach uses a pipe and fan system to route radon gas from underneath the home to the outside, preventing radon from entering the home.
For more information on radon, visit www.lowradon.org or call the Oneida County Health Department at 715-369-6111.