January is Radon Action MonthShare This +
As part of National Radon Action Month in Wisconsin, the City of Oak Creek Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are advising people to test their homes during the winter months. For the month of January, residents of Oak Creek are being offered FREE radon test kits. It is an easy to use kit for single family homes. The kits provide information on how to collect the sample and mail to a certified laboratory. After January, the cost will be $6.00 for the short-term kit and $10 for the long-term kit.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from trace amounts of uranium in the ground. The gas can seep into homes through the foundation and neighboring homes can have different elevated levels of radon. It is estimated that 5 to 10 % of the homes in Wisconsin will have elevated levels of radon. In 2014, there were 59 radon tests through the City of Oak Creek Health Department, 44 of which had a radon level higher than the acceptable amount. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon causes 21,000 preventable lung cancer deaths nationally per year. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes and homes with or without basements should be tested. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.
Come to the health department office to pick up a testing kit or call 414-768-6539 for advice on testing protocol, mitigation techniques, and interpretation of radon test levels.