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The Green Lake County Health and Human Services Department is part of a four County Radon Information Center (RIC). The information center was started in 1996 and also serves Dodge, Marquette, and Waushara Counties. Our RIC has compiled information and resources to educate residents about radon, associated health risks, testing procedures and methods of reduction.

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and chemically inert gas. It is a byproduct of naturally occurring decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. It can be found in all 50 states. Radon can be easily inhaled and damage lung tissue due to the gas's radioactive properties. Lung tissue damage can lead to cancer over time.

How does Radon get into my house?

Trapped gasses build up pressure in homes. As air leaves the attic of a home, a negative pressure field is formed, drawing soil gasses through floors and walls.

Very high Radon in water can add to levels in the home. Typically, Radon levels in water must be extremely high to make a significant contribution to the overall Radon gas level in a home. This is normally not seen in this area of Wisconsin.


What are the health effects associated with Radon?

The Surgeon General has warned that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Only smoking causes more cases of lung cancer. Smokers exposed to elevated Radon levels have a much higher risk of lung cancer.

Radon exposure does not cause any short-term health effects such as shortness of breath, headaches, respiratory illnesses, coughing or headaches.


My neighbor doesn't have high Radon. Do I need to test?

Yes. Radon levels can be different from home to home depending on a number of factors. This is commonly seen in our area. Typically, radon differs due to distance from the source but can also be affected by soil types and construction techniques.

How do I test for Radon?

You can test for radon with an EPA-listed kit or by hiring an EPA-listed contractor to test you home for you. KIts can be purchased on-line and at most local hardware stores. The Green Lake County Department of Health & Human Services - Health Unit offers kits to county residents. The kits distributed by the consortium are simple, easy to use, and come with full instructions.

What level is considered "safe"?

The EPA states that any radon exposure may carry some risk, however; they recommend that homes be fixed if an occupant's long term exposure will average 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher.

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