The Barry Eaton District Health Department and the Ionia County Health Department are giving away free radon testing kits during January, Radon Action Month. During the month, the easy, do-it-yourself radon test kits are available first come, first served to Barry and Eaton County residents. There is a one kit per address and supplies are limited.
The Ionia Department asks for the donation of a non-perishable food item in return for a kit.
Kits are available at the BEDHD, 330 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings and 1033 Healthcare Drive in Charlotte, or at Delta Township Hall (assessing department), 7710 West Saginaw Highway, Lansing.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. It is released from rock or soil and may seep into homes through the foundation, cracks in floors and walls, or gaps around service pipes.
A high level of radon in a home increases the risk of exposure to radiation which increases the risk for lung cancer—it is the second leading cause of lung cancer (smoking is the first), but it is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
It is very important for residents to know their home’s radon level and to take action to lower it if it’s too high. Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk since there are no warning signs or symptoms of exposure. The EPA recommended action level (4 pCi/L). The EPA estimates one out of 15 homes in the US has elevated radon levels. Radon-related lung cancer is preventable, but you can reduce the risk.
For more information about radon call Hastings, 269-845-9516, visit https://www.barryeatonhealth.org/healthy-homes or call Charlotte, 517-541-2615.
In Ionia County, call the health department at 616- 527-5341.