Health Effects of Radon in Southeast Wisconsin Communities
Wisconsin Cities at Largest Risk of Radon Exposure
No matter where you live in Wisconsin, radon exposure is a constant threat we live with every day. The health effects of prolonged exposure to radon are well-documented. The US Surgeon General’s Office, EPA and the World Health Organization all recognize radon as one of the greatest naturally-occurring health risks in the world.
Radon is the number-one source of ionizing radiation in the atmosphere affecting human beings.
Cancer caused by radon is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths worldwide every year, including an estimated 20,000 annually in the United States.
Radon is More Dangerous than Living Next to a Nuclear Power Plant
While the EPA has established 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (4.0 pCi/l) as their official “action level” for radon in buildings, there is no safe level of radon exposure. The amount of radiation a person is exposed to at the 4.0 pCi/l level is roughly 10 times the level allowable by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for homes near nuclear power plants.
In fact, a PBS Frontline report in 1997 revealed the people living near the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster in 1979 were exposed to more radiation from radon each day than from the entire reactor core meltdown and aftermath.
Unfortunately, despite the unquestioned risk, most families in Wisconsin don’t even know they’re in danger.
At Lifetime Radon, it is common for us to encounter homes with radon levels of double, triple, even five times or greater above the EPA’s action level.
Southeast Wisconsin Communities with Highest Radon Concentrations
Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services tracks which communities throughout the state have the highest frequency of tested locations exceeding the EPA’s action level for indoor radon.
We’ve compiled a list of the communities in south central and Southeast Wisconsin with the greatest concentration of homes which have tested above 4.0 pCi/l of indoor radon, along with the highest recorded levels near each municipality.
Remember, even if your community is not on this list, it doesn’t mean your home is not in danger. Contact Lifetime Radon Solutions today to schedule a radon test today.
|Southeast Wisconsin Communities with Most Radon|
|County||Municipality||Incorporation||Population (est.)||Highest Levels|
Total Pop. 956,023
|Oak Creek||City||35,008||100 pCi/l|
|Hales Corners||Village||7,757||110 pCi/l|
Total Pop. 393,843
|New Berlin||City||39,834||71.4 pCi/l|
|Okauchee Lake||CDP||4,422||20.4 pCi/l|
|North Prairie||Village||2,147||68.7 pCi/l|
Total Pop. 132,739
|Menomonee Falls||Village||35,924||76.7 pCi/l|
Total Pop. 362,798
|Mount Pleasant||Village||26,244||49.9 pCi/l|
|Union Grove||Village||4,884||46.4 pCi/l|
Total Pop. 144,997
|Beaver Dam||City||16,291||395 pCi/l|
Total Pop. 263,684
|Williams Bay||Village||2,599||24.8 pCi/l|
High Radon Levels are Not the End of the Story
Homes with elevated levels of radon can be helped. Lifetime Radon Solutions is Southeast Wisconsin’s top experts in radon mitigation and remediation for homes and businesses. We create custom-tailored solutions for your home or business.
You can’t afford to ignore radon another day longer.