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January is Radon Action Month. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer nation-wide, causing about 21,000 deaths per year in the U.S. and about 500 deaths per year in Wisconsin. Lung cancer caused by radon can be prevented. Find out if you are at risk by testing your home for radon.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the soil beneath and around some of our homes. DHS estimates that about 1 out of 10 homes in Wisconsin have radon levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guideline of 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). Having a home with levels above this guideline increases the risk of developing lung cancer.
Radon has no smell, taste, or color. While you can't see or smell it, you can protect yourself from radon. It can be easily measured with a simple and inexpensive test that homeowners can do themselves.
“There is no way to predict the level of radon in your home. The only way to know is to test. Testing is easy to do, inexpensive, and available from St. Croix County Public Health.”
- Ed Thurman, St. Croix County Environmental Health Specialist
Take Action – Test Your Home for Radon