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Jan. 5, 2022 - Kewaunee County Reminds Residents about Radon Test Kits Available at the Public Health Department during National Radon Action Month

Jennifer Gonzalez
Public Information Officer
Office: (920) 388-0567
Email: gonzalez.jennifer@kewauneeco.org
           
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
January 5, 2022
 
Kewaunee County Reminds Residents about Radon Test Kits
Available at the Public Health Department during National Radon Action Month
 
KEWAUNEE, WI – The Kewaunee County Public Health Department would like to remind residents that low cost radon test kits are available for purchase as Governor Tony Evers has declared January 2022 as National Radon Action Month in Wisconsin.

“We do have homes with high levels of radon in Kewaunee County, and testing for this radioactive and odorless gas is a simple way that residents can protect themselves and their families from unknown exposure, which could lead to significant health risks if not detected,” said Cindy Kinnard, RN, Kewaunee County Public Health Director.

The Kewaunee County Public Health Department sells short term radon test kits for $8.00, which includes analysis. To obtain a test kit, visit the Health Department at 810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and please call (920) 388-7160 with any questions.

Radon comes from trace amounts of natural uranium in the ground. It seeps through cracks and openings in the basement as well as the foundation of homes. Breathing in a high level of radon can lead to lung cancer.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is recommended that a resident fixes their home if the radon level is found to be 4 picocuries per liter or higher. And, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), 1 in 10 homes in the State have high radon levels.

For additional information on how to test for radon, how to reduce radon, and health risks, visit the DHS website at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/radon/index.htm or call the Eastern Wisconsin Radon Information Center at (920) 683-4454.

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