A Door County official just might have what you need to save your or your entire family from lung cancer and death. Radon is an odorless, naturally occurring gas that comes from trace amounts of uranium found in the ground. Often it seeps into homes through cracks in the foundation, settling in the basement and first floor. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Chelsea Smies is the Registered Sanitarian and Health Educator for the Door County Department of Public Health and she says there's really nothing you can do to prevent radon other than getting the testing equipment.
Smies added that if radon is detected in your home you should call the Wisconsin EPA for them to rid your house of it. In Wisconsin, 5 to 10 percent of homes have been found to have elevated levels of radon.