Florence County Health Department

Florence County, Wisconsin
info@florencewipublichealth.com  | 715-528-4837 | 501 Lake Ave, P.O. Box 410, Florence, Wisconsin 54121
Healthy People, Vibrant Communities
P.O. Box 410; Florence, WI 54121 501 Lake Ave; Florence, WI 54121 715-528-4837 info@florencewipublichealth.com Website by North Country Website Design
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Radon

What is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, tasteless, colorless radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It is a byproduct of naturally occurring decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. Between five and ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have radon levels above the US EPA guideline of 4 pCi/L average on the main floor. Every region of Wisconsin has some homes with elevated radon levels. Because radon is a gas it is capable of moving through the soil and structures to the water below the ground surface and to the air above. Homes and buildings can trap air containing radon and cause a health concern. Radon charged dust particles can be inhaled; these radioactive particles cling to lung tissue and decay there. The lung damage caused can lead to lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, according to a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences. Who should test for Radon? The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General strongly recommend that all homes be tested for radon and, if a problem exists, corrective action be taken. The only way to tell if radon is present in your home is to test. Radon test kits are available at the Health Department for $10.00 each. Please stop in, call 715-528-3462 or email Sara Jerue at sjerue@co.florence.wi.us to get your kit. Press Release - 1/1/2021 - Radon Awareness

Florence County

Health Department

info@florencewipublichealth.com  | 715-528-4837 | 501 Lake Ave, P.O. Box 410, Florence, WI 54121
Healthy People, Vibrant Communities
501 Lake Ave Florence, WI 54121 715-528-4837 info@florencewipublichealth.com Website by North Country Website Design
Home > Radon

Radon

What is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, tasteless, colorless radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It is a byproduct of naturally occurring decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. Between five and ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have radon levels above the US EPA guideline of 4 pCi/L average on the main floor. Every region of Wisconsin has some homes with elevated radon levels. Because radon is a gas it is capable of moving through the soil and structures to the water below the ground surface and to the air above. Homes and buildings can trap air containing radon and cause a health concern. Radon charged dust particles can be inhaled; these radioactive particles cling to lung tissue and decay there. The lung damage caused can lead to lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, according to a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences. Who should test for Radon? The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General strongly recommend that all homes be tested for radon and, if a problem exists, corrective action be taken. The only way to tell if radon is present in your home is to test. Radon test kits are available at the Health Department for $10.00 each. Please stop in, call 715-528-3462 or email Sara Jerue at sjerue@co.florence.wi.us to get your kit. Press Release - 1/1/2021 - Radon Awareness
Florence County, Wisconsin