Submitted by Laura Krech, Environmental Health Clerk, Pierce County Public Health Dept.

ELLSWORTH WI -- Pierce County Public Health wants county residents to know about the health risks from radon. Each year about half of the homes tested in Pierce County had elevated radon levels.

Pierce and St. Croix counties are labeled Zone 1 for radon, which means the areas have a high likelihood of raised radon levels. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of Uranium.  Radon can enter homes through the basement or foundation and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon can be a problem in all types of homes:  old, new, drafty, insulated, houses with basements and without basements. 

Radon levels can vary from home to home in the same neighborhood. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test for it. Testing homes for radon is easy and the best time to test is now, while the house is closed up for the winter.  Radon test kits are available at most hardware stores & superstores. 

You can also purchase a kit at the Pierce County Public Health office at 412 West Kinne Street in Ellsworth or call (715) 273-6755 for more information.