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January 17, 2020

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January is National Radon Action Month

One in 10 homes in Wisconsin has high levels of radon, a cancer causing, radioactive gas that cannot be seen or smelled.

According to an Oneida County health department press release, Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The good news is a radon problem can be fixed and test kits are available at the health department.

"Radon can leak into a home from the ground and soil beneath it," the release states. "Since radon is invisible, odorless and tasteless the only way to know if it is present is to test the home. The best time to test a home is during the winter months when doors and windows are not open."

For the month of January only, the health department is offering a special discounted price on radon test kits. Test kits will be available for $10 until Jan. 31.

Stop by the office anytime from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and ask for a radon test kit, the release states. No appointment is needed.

For homes found to have high radon levels, there are over 100 certified professionals throughout Wisconsin who can help. Professionals use a technique called "radon mitigation." This approach uses a pipe and fan system to route radon gas from underneath the home to the outside, preventing radon from entering the home.

For more information on radon, visit or call the health department at 715-369-6111.

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