January is National Radon Action Month. Radon…a natural, radioactive gas claims about 21-thousand lives each year, and is the leading cause of death from lung cancer among nonsmokers in the United States. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, “1 in 10 homes in Wisconsin has unsafe levels of radon.” It comes from the natural decay of uranium found in rocks, soil, and water…is an invisible, odorless gas and causes no irritation to the eyes or nose. Officials with the Clark County Health Department encourage everyone to test their homes for radon gas. Test kits are available from local hardware stores. The Clark County Health Department (CCHD) also has some short term radon kits available for 6-dollars, just call 715-743-5116.
For a list of contractors or more information, visit the Department of Health Service’s website at
http://www.lowradon.org as well as an interactive map that displays average radon levels based on zip-codes
throughout the entire state.