FROM YOUR PARISH NURSE
January is National Radon Action Month
You canít see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. About 1 in 10 homes in Wisconsin are high in radon.
Cudahy and St. Francis average 36 to 50% of homes with high radon levels. South Milwaukee and Oak Creek come in higher with greater than 50% of homes testing high for radon.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon. Testing has now become common practice when selling or buying a new home; it is advisable not to purchase a new home without knowledge of the homeís radon levels.
Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family. Why not make January a time to take action. Start with a plan to purchase your own testing kit; testing is easy and inexpensive.
Where Can You Get a Radon Test Kit?
Itís easy to find radon testing kits through local hardware/home improvement stores or through online shopping sites like Amazon. Follow the directions on the packaging for the proper placement of the device and where to send the device after the test to find out your radon level.
State Departments of Health Services and local public health departments are excellent resources. Experts are available to help answer questions and often sell low cost test kits to the general public. If interested, servicing Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha Counties you may contact: Steve Todd or Skylar Minegar at 262-896-8300.
Peace and health in Christ, Marcia L. Isherwood, RN, BSN
Aurora Parish Nurse in Partnership with St. John Lutheran/Cudahy
Ofc: M-W-F 414-288-5288 Ofc: Tu-Th 414-481-0520