Radon

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"Invisible Killer"

Radon Test Kit

  • Chippewa County Department of Public Health
  • 711 N. Bridge St.
    Room 121
    Chippewa Falls
  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Phone:  715-726-7900 or 1-800-400-3678
  • Email:jkoehler@co.chippewa.wi.us

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Chippewa County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families.  

Radon is present at elevated levels in approximately half of the Chippewa County homes tested through CCDPH. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test for it, as radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas. It can enter homes through cracks and openings in a home's basement or foundation. Once inside, it can accumulate to levels that present a health risk to you and your family.

The EPA estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year. However, because you can't see or smell radon, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be an invisible killer in the homes.

 Testing homes for elevated radon levels is easy and inexpensive. Radon problems can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs, like painting or installing a new water heater.

For more information about radon, log on to www.lowradon.org. For more information about low cost testing or to obtain a radon test, contact James Koehler, RS or Chippewa County Department of Public Health at 715-726-7900 or 1-800-400-3678, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm or email jkoehler@co.chippewa.wi.us

Wisconsin Interactive Radon Map