Kenosha County Public Health providing $5 radon test kits with a nonperishable food donation

Keep your home safe while contributing to a good cause

By Kenosha County Communications

Kenosha County is located in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Its population in 2019 was estimated to be 169,561, making it the eighth most populous county in Wisconsin. The county is named after the county seat, Kenosha, the fourth largest city in Wisconsin.

Kenosha County Public Health is offering $5 radon test kits throughout January — Radon
Action Month — to anyone who donates a nonperishable food item.

There is a limit of one kit per person. All donations will go to local food pantries.
Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that is the nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer,
accounting for roughly 20,000 deaths each year, said Mark Melotik, Environmental Manager
with Kenosha County Public Health.

“The only way to know you have it in your home is to test, and our Radon Action Month
promotion offers the opportunity to do that while also helping people in need in the
community,” Melotik said.

Testing is offered locally through the Kenosha/Walworth Radon Information Center, funded
through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Beginning in February, the
cost for a test kit will be $15.

The kit includes a small vile that must be left open to the air in the lowest livable level of a
home — usually the basement — for 48 to 96 hours. The vile is then capped and mailed to
Accustar Labs, which generally provides the results within three days via mail, email or
telephone. Shipping and analysis of the kit is also free.

Those whose homes test at an elevated level of radon are urged to contact Kenosha County
Public Health for more information about mitigation options.

The January test kit offer is redeemable Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the
Kenosha County Public Health Clinic in the Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha,
Entrance D, or from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Public Works in the Kenosha
County Center at highways 45 and 50 in Bristol.

More information about the Radon Information Center is available online at