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In an effort to get more homes tested, St. Croix County Public Health Department is offering a free short term radon test kit to owners of St. Croix County homes that have never been tested before. The free test kit is available to the homeowner who comes to a St. Croix County office to pick up the kit.
There will be an informational form to fill out identifying the home that has not been tested. If you are retesting your St. Croix County home, a short term radon test kit can be purchased for $5.00.
Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air, but when trapped in buildings, can be harmful at elevated levels. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reported that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and that it is a serious public health problem. The NAS concluded that radon causes between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year, about one third of them preventable. Testing homes for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive. If discovered, radon problems can be fixed for costs similar to many common home repairs. There are now many local contractors who are state certified to perform radon mitigation activities.
The office locations are: Community Development Department, 1101 Carmichael Rd., Hudson WI 54016 (715-386-4680); Public Health Department 1752 Dorset Ln., New Richmond, WI 54017 (715-246-8367); or Community Development Department, 1960 8th Ave., Baldwin, WI 54002 (715-531-1930)
Information on radon can be obtained from the Radon Information Center at 888-LOW RADON or at www.sccwi.us/environmentalhealth or the Saint Croix County Public Health Department at 715-246-8370 or email email@example.com