January is National Radon Action Month. Door County Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourage all Door County residents to learn more about radon and how to protect themselves from exposure.
Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that comes from trace amounts of natural uranium in the ground. Radon seeps through cracks and openings in the basement and foundation of homes. Breathing indoor air with a high level of radon can lead to lung cancer.
Five to 10 percent of Wisconsin homes have elevated radon levels on the main floor. Such homes are found in all regions of Wisconsin, including Door County. Systems can be installed to reduce high radon levels, and the EPA recommends fixing a home if its radon level is four picocuries per liter or higher.
Test kits are available at Door County Public Health for $6 each, or residents may contact the State of Wisconsin Regional Radon Information Center at 920.683.4454 to have a kit mailed. For information, visit lowradon.org.