Marathon County Health Department serves as a Regional Radon Information Center (RIC) and provide technical consultation on testing for radon and how to mitigate or remove radon from the home. The RIC serves as a resource for the Public and other Health Departments for 11 Wisconsin Counties in Northern Wisconsin. Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Between five and ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have radon levels above the US EPA guideline of 4 pCi/L for the year average on the main floor. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
How do I test for radon? What do I do if I have radon?
Radon testing is simple and inexpensive. Do-it-yourself test kits can be purchased at Marathon County Health Department. Short-term test kits are $8.00, and long-term test kits are $20.00. Elevated radon can be reduced to safe levels by installing a radon mitigation system. Radon mitigation should be done by trained professionals who are certified by National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP). Installed Radon mitigation systems usually cost approximately $1,000. More information on testing, interpreting test results, and radon measurement or radon reduction contractors lists can be found through the link below or by calling Marathon County Health Department at (715) 261-1900.
If you would like more information or have questions about radon testing and mitigation, please contact the Marathon County Health Department by sending an email to our Sanitarians or by calling 715-261-1900.