Common Home Hazards:
Radon is a naturally occurring and odorless gas and is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Radon has been detected at unsafe levels in homes throughout Monroe County. Contact the Monroe County Health Department at 608-269-8666 for information on how to test your home, and how to take action if your home has been found to have high levels of radon. Kits are available for 10 dollars, pick one up today!
We work to prevent high lead levels and do investigations into cases of high lead levels. Call us for more information!
Mold is common after a flood. Click here to learn more about how to clean-up mold.
Human Health Hazards:
Human Health Hazards are substances, activities, or conditions that are known to have the potential to cause acute or chronic illness, injury, or death if exposure to the substance, activity, or condition is not stopped. Monroe County Health Department follows up on reports of potential human health hazards to protect public health, safety, and general welfare and to maintain and protect the environment for the people of Monroe County.
Examples may include:
- Vermin infestation
- Unburied carcasses
- Waste accumulation – fecal matter, hoarding, garbage
- Air/water pollution
- Hazardous materials – lead paint, asbestos, drug residue/fumes
- Non-functional building fixtures
- Unsafe/unsanitary conditions
- No CO2 or smoke detectors present
- Electrical issues
- Abandoned refrigerators or airtight containers
Well Water Testing:
Well water can have contaminants that we cannot smell, taste, or see. The only way to know if your well is contaminated is through testing! There are a few essential tests that should be performed routinely on every private well. You may decide to test more often if your previous results were unsafe.
Homeowners should test for the following contaminants:
- Bacteria: Every well should be tested once a year, and when you notice a change in taste, color, or smell.
- Nitrate: Every well should be tested once a year, and before the well will be used by a woman who is or may become pregnant.
- Arsenic: Every well should be tested once. If arsenic was present in previous tests, you should test once a year.