Radon awareness kits offered

REGION – January is Radon Awareness month and the Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) invites you and your family to join others in taking the “test” for radon in your home.

Radon tests are easy to do and are available at any local health department. During January, test kits at all branch offices of CMDHD will be discounted to $5 or free with a donation of a nonperishable food item. Donated food items will be given to local food pantries that have supplies depleted during the holiday season. “The staff at CMDHD are pleased to be able to offer radon testing at a reduced cost while helping local food pantries,” says Director of Environmental Health Services, Steve King. Radon is a Class A carcinogen (cancer-causing) radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air which contains radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas resulting from the natural decay of uranium. Most soils contain varying amounts of uranium. Radon in soil, groundwater, or building materials enters working and living spaces and begins to disintegrate into its radioactive decay products. “Radon can become concentrated in our homes, especially in the winter months when doors and windows are closed, so this is the best time to test,” King said.

Testing is the only way to know what your home’s radon levels are.

For more information call (989) 773-5921 ext. 1409, or visit www.cmdhd.org.

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