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County makes radon kits available

5:19 PM, Feb. 7, 2013  |  Comments
RADON ENTRY POINTS
RADON ENTRY POINTS
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Radon causes roughly 2,900 deaths each year among Americans who have never smoked. It is second only to cigarettes as the leading cause of lung cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But since radon is invisible and odorless, most people don't know they are at risk until they are sick.

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.

The UW-Extension keeps track of local radon measurements by zip code at www.FDLHealthyAir.com. In Fond du Lac County, the average rating is 3.9.

The gas seeps into the lowest level of buildings from the ground outside, but a simple test kit can alert residents to its presence. A short-term kit (to put out for 48 hours) is only $10 from the Fond du Lac County Health Department located at 160 S. Macy. Town clerks in Ripon, Campbellsport, and Taycheedah sell the same kit, as does UW-Extension on the UW-FDL campus.

For more information, call 920-929-3085; or see www.FDLHealthyAir.com

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