Radon: Is it in Your Home?

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Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from trace amounts of uranium in the ground. The gas can seep into homes through the foundation and neighboring homes can have different elevated levels of radon. It is estimated that 5 to 10 % of the homes in Wisconsin will have elevated levels of radon. In 2014, there were 59 radon tests through the City of Oak Creek Health Department, 44 of which had a radon level higher than the acceptable amount. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon causes 21,000 preventable lung cancer deaths nationally per year. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes and homes with or without basements should be tested. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.

Radon test kits are available at the Oak Creek Health Department:

Short-term (2-3 days)               $6
Long-term (7-10 days)             $10

The test kits are easy to use and provide all of the materials needed to collect the sample from your home.

Questions about radon including assistance in interpreting results can be obtained by calling the Oak Creek Heath Department at 414-766-7950 or the State of Wisconsin radon information line at 1-888-569-7236.