Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States among non-smokers and the second leading cause for smokers.
Radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted, but it may be a problem in your home. The EPA estimates radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year, resulting in more deaths per a year than drunk driving, drowning, fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Radon can be found all over the U.S. Radon comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, and gets into the air. It can get into any type of building-homes, offices and schools-and build up to high levels.
Radon testing is the only way to know if there is a risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Testing is inexpensive and easy–it should only take a few minutes.
The cost of reducing radon in a home depends on how a home was built and the extent of the radon problem. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs. The cost to fix can vary widely. Consult with a state radon office or get one or more estimates from qualified contractors.
During the month of February kits are available at the Vilas County Public Health Department for $5. To reserve a kit, call 715-479-3656 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Quantities are limited.