Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste, but it may be a problem in your home. Radon has been found in all Wauwatosa zip codes. It comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths yearly. There are simple ways to fix a radon problem that are not too costly. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
Testing is the only way to know if there is a radon risk. Testing is inexpensive and easy. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General recommended testing all homes for radon below the third floor.
Test Kits Available for $10 at the Wauwatosa Health Department
The Wauwatosa Health Department has a limited supply of home testing kits available for $10.00 (cash or check) to screen Wauwatosa single family residences. Stop in the Health Department during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 am -4:30 pm) or call the number below for more information.
Other Testing Sources
Home radon testing kits are also available from hardware stores, as well as the Southeastern Radon Information Center (contact information listed below). When purchasing a kit, be sure to read the packaging to see if there are any additional lab fees associated with the test.
For more information, please contact the Public Health Information and Referral Nurse at (414) 479-8939. | Email