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Radon

Test Kits
  • Short Term Kit - $10.00 + tax
  • Long Term Kit  - $25.00 + tax 

Contact Health Department for more information

  • Phone: 715-839-4718
  • Fax: 715-839-1674
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Purpose/Goals
To provide a public health system and workforce that:
  • Prevents unnecessary exposure to radon from naturally occurring sources and
  • Monitor health events to identify changes or patterns and to investigate underlying causes and factors to help detect and respond to public health threats and emergencies. 
Program Description
Administer the Regional Radon Information Center for a seven-county area. Provide technical consultation on testing for radon and how to mitigate it when levels are above the standard.
  • Radon Information Center: Serve as a Regional Radon Information Center (RIC) and provide technical consultation on testing for radon and how to mitigate or remove radon from the home. The RIC serves as a resource for the Public and other Health Departments for seven Wisconsin Counties (Eau Claire, Buffalo, Chippewa, Jackson, Trempealeau, Pepin and Clark).
Did you know....
  • Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Between five and ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have radon levels above the US EPA guideline of 4 pCi/L for the year average on the main floor. Every region of Wisconsin has some homes with elevated radon levels.
  • Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers!
  • Radon inhalation is the largest source of collective radiation exposure to the U.S. population as a whole (Science Advisory Board)
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Science Advisory Board now estimate that 21,000 Americans die of radon-induced lung cancer annually. The World Health Organization estimates that 15% of lung cancer can be attributed to Radon.
  • Although lung cancer can be treated, from the time of diagnosis, only 11-15% of those afflicted will live beyond five years.
  • Radon is a 'Class A' carcinogen, therefore, the U.S. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend ALL HOMEOWNERS AND ALL HOMEBUYERS test for indoor radon.
  • In 2005, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air.
  • Radon-induced lung cancer can easily be prevented by testing your home and reducing concentrations that are at or above EPA's 4 pCi/L Action Level.
  • Homes with elevated radon concentration can be cost-effectively fixed with the installation of an Active Soil Depressurization System by a certified or state licensed radon mitigation contractor.
  • THE ONLY WAY FOR YOU TO KNOW IF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY IS AT RISK IS TO TEST! 
Additional Information
For more information on Radon in Wisconsin, the health effects of Radon, a list of certified radon contractors (in Wisconsin), and other Radon information, click on the following links:

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