Radon is a radioactive gas released from the normal decay of uranium in rocks and soil. It is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that seeps up through the ground and diffuses into the air. Radon is present in nearly all air. Everyone breathes radon every day, usually at very low levels. However, people who inhale high levels of radon over a long period of time are at increased risk for developing lung cancer.
Radon enters homes through cracks in floors, walls, or foundations, collects inside; and levels can become concentrated. It is recommended that all home owners test their homes for radon. If radon levels are are high, actions can be taken to decrease the level and reduce the health risk.
Radon kits are available for sale through the Forest County Health Department in cooperation with the Northcentral Wisconsin Radon Information Center at Marathon County Health Department. Test kits are $10 and contain one short term test kit, CDC educational literature, a radon clip magnet and a FCHD lanyard. Test results are mailed directly to participants. Referrals are made to the Northcentral Radon Information Center when radon remediation assistance is needed.
Well Water Testing
The Health Department offers free well water testing annually to low-income families with pregnant women or children in the home. Water is tested for bacteria and nitrates, which can be harmful to pregnant women and children. Unsafe water test results are referred to the Department of Natural Resources for assistance with resolving problems.
Call the Health Department at 715-478-3371, or stop in the office for more information and to get your well water test kit!