10 Things to Know About Radon
- Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas created during the natural decay of uranium in the soil.
- Radon is everywhere, and Wisconsin has moderate to high concentrations of radon.
- Radon gas is drawn into homes through cracks and openings in basements, crawl spaces and slabs.
- If you use a well for your drinking water supply, radon can also enter your home through well water.
- Radon levels vary from house to house and have nothing to do with age, quality or upkeep of the home.
- Radon gas has been shown to cause lung cancer in people who are exposed to elevated levels over a long period of time.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) recommends radon reduction if your home level equals or exceeds 4 picoCuries per liter of air (pCi/L).
- If you smoke and your home has an elevated radon level, your risk for lung cancer is especially high.
- Radon is a problem that can be fixed.
- Radon problems can be prevented by installing a radon mitigation system.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides more information on radon here as well as an informational pamphlet.