La Crosse Co. Health Dept. to host radon awareness webinar

Radonthing1 5LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – One in three homes test high for radon in the Coulee Region.

That’s according to radon tests conducted in La Crosse and Monroe County.

Over the last year many of us have been home more than ever, and turning spaces we don’t typically spend time in – like the basement – into home offices, classrooms, and gyms.

This is why checking for radon is so important.

January is Radon Action Month – raising awareness about the dangers of the odorless, invisible gas that can enter homes through cracks, crevices, and pores in home foundations.

If you have high levels of radon in your home you may be at a higher risk for lung cancer, even if you’re a non-smoker.

According to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.

People who have never smoked make up about 2,900 of those deaths.

To raise awareness among our community, the La Crosse County Health Department is hosting a free webinar on January 19th at 4 pm, providing important information about radon and how to test for it in your home.

Plus, attendees will receive a coupon for a short-term radon test kit.

Short-term radon test kits can be purchased for $10 at the La Crosse County Health Department or any county library branch.

To sign up, visit the La Crosse County Health Department Facebook page and click on the ‘events’ tab.