Radon Poses Risk In Homes
Noting that January is National Radon Action Month, state health officials encourage everyone to learn about radon and the risk of lung cancer from exposure to this odorless gas.
"With many homes tightly sealed against the winter cold, people should consider testing the air in their homes to find out if radon is seeping in through the foundation," said Dr. Sheri Johnson, State Health Officer.
Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas that comes from trace amounts of uranium in the ground. The gas can seep into homes through the foundation and neighboring houses can have different concentrations of radon. It is estimated that about 5-10 percent of homes in Wisconsin will have elevated levels of radon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon causes several thousand preventable lung cancer deaths nationally each year.
"Radon levels vary greatly from house to house," said Johnson.