While you are making your New Year's resolutions, include this one: Rate the radon in your home.
Radon is an odorless, invisible gas. It is second only to cigarette smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer.
The average radon rating for American homes is 1.3 (pCi/L, or pico Curies per liter), which is safe. Any homeowner with a level of 4 or above should mitigate indoor radon to reduce the risk of lung cancer. In Fond du Lac County, the average rating is 3.9.
Get a do-it-yourself kit from the Fond du Lac County Health Department at 160 S. Macy St. A short-term kit (to put up for 48 hours) is only $10. For more information call (920) 929-3085 or see www.FDLHealthyAir.com.