Radon

Did you know that Lincoln County residents are prone to having higher levels of indoor radon? Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas. It comes from a natural occurring breakdown within the soil. It seeps into structures by channeling up cracks within the foundation and gaps around service pipes. Both old and new constructions can be susceptible to radon.

Breathing air tainted by radon gas can cause lung cancer. The EPA estimates, 1 out of every 15 homes tested have radon levels at or above the action level of 4pCi/L. The national indoor radon level is 1.3 pCi/L. Lincoln County’s average indoor radon level is 6.7 pCi/L. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States. You cannot see, smell, or taste it, so it is easy to forget that radon may be a problem. The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it.

Testing can be inexpensive and easy. Radon test kits are available for purchase at the Lincoln County Health Department. The cost for a short term radon kit is $8.00 and is kept in your home from 2-4 days. Short term tests provide quick results. Long term kits are $18.75 and are kept in your home for more than 3 days and can be deployed up to 1 year. These tests provide a better idea of what you home’s year-round average radon level is.

Radon can be controlled in any home once concentration levels are tested. There are some simple ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. More than 60 radon mitigation contractors in Wisconsin are nationally certified to install radon mitigation systems. Contact the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307 for more information.


Additional Resources
Lincoln County Health Department "Radon"
WI DHS "Radon Information for Wisconsin"
EPA "Radon"
CDC "Protect You and Your Family from Radon"