Radon Beware: A CBS 58 Special Report

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by WDJT Editor

MILWAUKEE- Radon is a dangerous cancer causing gas that can be found in homes across the country and also in Wisconsin.

According to experts, Radon kills tens of thousands of people a year.

It is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.

Radon is naturally occurring, odorless, invisable, and tasteless.

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. 

The only way to know the radon level in a house is to measure it. You can get Radon test kits in hardware stores or from local health agencies.

Two video tapes are available in all public libraries in Wisconsin:
Radon in Wisconsin Should You Worry? [University of Wisconsin Extension]
Radon reduction: An Introduction to Sub-Slab Depressurization [University of Wisconsin Extension]
 
Radon test kits are available for pick-up or ordering.  Call 262 896-8300 to order kits from Waukesha County using a Visa/MasterCard.
Short-term radon kits are $10.
Long-term radon kits are $15.
The cost includes the lab processing.
 
Kits are also available from the following local health agencies.
 
Central Racine County Health Department
City of Franklin Health Department
City of Greenfield Health Department
City of Racine Health Department
Village of Oak Creek Health Department
Village of Shorewood Health Department
Western Racine County Health Department
 

Share your personal Radon story with John Cuoco at jcuoco@cbs58.com

RADON LINKS:

Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide To Radon [EPA Pamphlet]
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/hmbuygud.pdf
If your are involved in a real estate transaction follow the guidance in this pamphlet.
 
A Citizen's Guide to Radon [EPA Pamphlet]
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/citizensguide.pdf
Interested home owners not selling should follow the guidance in this pamphlet.
 
Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction: How to Fix Your Home[EPA Pamphlet]
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/consguid.pdf
When you have confirmed a radon problem follow the guidance in this pamphlet.
 
Radon Zip Code Data by County [Wisconsin Department of Health Services]
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/radiation/radon/Measurements/image_map.htm
Radon is everywhere.  Everyone should test their home.
 
Certified Measurement Contractors List [Wisconsin Department of Health Services]
http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/radiation/radon/Lists/MeasProf.htm
Recommended for a real estate transaction testing.
 
Certified Mitigation Contractors List [Wisconsin Department of Health Services]
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/radiation/radon/Lists/MitigProf.htm
Shop for a radon contractor like you would for other home repairs.  Compare the contractors experience, method and cost.  Choose a certified contractor from the link above. 
 

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