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Radon Testing
Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, radioactive gas that can seep into a house through the foundation, causing cancer. Every region of Wisconsin has some homes with elevated radon levels. The only way to find out if you have elevated radon levels in your home is to measure it.

Radon Testing Kits
Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. Radon testing kits are available in hardware stores, drug stores and local health departments. There are two kinds of radon testing kits. Passive radon testing devices include radon detectors, such as charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors and charcoal liquid scintillation devices. They are exposed to the air in the lowest, lived in level for a specific period of time, and then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The second kind of testing is active radon detectors, which require operation by trained testers.

When should I test for radon?
- All homes should be tested for radon
- Especially, before buying a home
- Especially, before selling your home

How do I get my results?
The results are mailed to your directly from the testing company.

For more information or to request a radon kit, contact the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307 or the Wisconsin Radon Information Center at 1-888-low-radon (888-569-7236).

The cost of the short term kit is $8.00 and the long term kit is $18.75 if obtained through the Lincoln County Health Department.

Useful Links:

Environmental Protection Agency Indoor Air Quality
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/radiation/radon

Edward Newburry, R.S.
Environmental Health Specialist
Lincoln County Health Department
607 North Sales St. Suite 101
Merrill, WI 54452
Phone: 715-539-1379
Fax: 715-536-2011
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