Michigan – January is Radon Awareness month and the Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD)
wants to remind you that testing for radon in your home, office, and school is an important way to protect your
health. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, so testing is the only way to determine if radon is a problem in
your indoor environment. This January, participate in our “Give a Can, Get a Kit” event where bringing in a non
perishable item, to be donated to a local food pantry, will get you a FREE Radon test kit. During the entire month
of January, test kits at all branch offices of CMDHD will be discounted to $5 or free with a donation of a
nonperishable food item.
Radon has been determined to be the most serious cancer-causing agent that the general public
encounters in the environment. “In the winter months when doors and windows are closed, radon can rise in
our homes, so this is the best time to test,” stated Steve King, Director of Environmental Health Services for the
Radon tests are easy to do and kits are available at most local health departments. “You should test
your home for radon if you have never tested, moved to a new home, recently remodeled, or it has been several
years since testing,” says Director King. Small cracks in the foundation can develop over time as buildings settle,
providing additional pathways for radon to enter. “Give a Can, Get a Kit” and protect your family by testing for
this unseen hazard while helping your community too.
More general radon information is available by calling the Central Michigan District Health Department
or visiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Website at https://www.epa.gov/radon or the Michigan
Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) at http://www.michigan.gov/radon .
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