Radon Action Month: public health experts urge homeowners to test for toxic gas

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Elevated levels of radon are found in about one in every ten Wisconsin homes.

January is Radon Action Month.

Public health officials say it’s a great time to check your house for radon levels.

Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year among non-smokers.

Lindsay Neitzel, the coordinator for the Southwestern Radon Information Center, says there’s no rhyme or reason for when radon shows up in a home, but it’s often found in lower levels.

“If you’re spending more than eight hours in your basement, like if you have a home office or a workout room or a basement living room, that’s probably the primary place you would want to test,” said Neitzel. “If you don’t have a basement, it would be the first livable level of your home.”

You can buy a radon kit at the La Crosse County Health Department or any county library branch.

Radon levels can be mitigated by experts, so the sooner you find radon, the sooner you can get it out of your home.

You can find more information about radon, and a list of certified radon mitigation contractors at lowradon.org.