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Prescott man starts up business to measure radon in homes

PRESCOTT - With some free time on his hands, Fran Hira decided to test his house for radon.

He knew about its dangers and the risks and wanted to make sure it wouldn't be a problem for his family, including wife Trina and the couple's three children.

He did the testing and what he found was jaw-dropping.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if the radon level is at or above four picocuries per liter (pCi/L), it's a dangerous level and action should be taken immediately to fix it.

Hira's house was at a 55.

That was about a year ago. After doing home improvement work around the house, for which Hira had previous experience, he got it down to a 0.5.

But seeing the figure reach a 55 got the Oak Grove resident thinking what if his fellow neighbors had radon levels in their houses that high but had no idea.

Therefore, since March, Hira hopes to alleviate that worry for his neighbors by starting up Home Radon Control with emphasis on measurement and mitigation.

For more read the September 5 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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