Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas. The Surgeon General warns that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Between five and ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have radon levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guideline of 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) for the year average on the main floor. Every region of Wisconsin has some homes with elevated radon levels.
The only way to know the radon level in a house is to measure it. Radon can be detected with a simple kit and fixed through well-established venting techniques.
Test kits are available for purchase according to the agency fee schedule to those residing in Oconto County.
Contact Oconto County Health and Human Services Department to purchase a short-term Radon test kit or get information on reducing Radon in your home at 920-834-7000.