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Free radon test kits available at several area locations

Radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, but high levels of radon gas may be in residents’ homes, increasing their risk of lung cancer. Fortunately, testing is easy and high radon levels can be lowered, according to a Barry Eaton District Department media release.

 

A naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of radium found in almost any kind of soil and rock, radon moves up through the soil and enterers buildings through cracks and openings in the foundation, floor, or other openings caused by plumbing, wiring, or ductwork.

 

Outdoors, radon is diluted by the atmosphere to safe levels; however, it can concentrate in indoor air and reach unhealthy levels. The only way to know if a home has high radon levels is to test it.

 

Easy, do-it-yourself radon test kits are available free to residents of Barry and Eaton counties during the Radon Action Month of January. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one kit per address and supplies are limited. Residents can pick up a kit at one of the locations below.

After using the kit, it is sent to the lab for testing, and homeowners receive a report.

 

Hastings: Health Department, 330 West Woodlawn Avenue--(269) 945-9516, select 3, then 5.

Charlotte: Health Department, 1033 Healthcare Drive--(517) 541-2615.

Lansing: Delta Township Hall, Assessing Department, 7710 West Saginaw Highway--(517) 323-8520.

 Bellevue: Riverside Café, 420 East Capital Avenue--(269) 763-9481.

Delton: Delton District Library, 330 North Grove Street--(269) 623-8040.//

 

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, and 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.

 

According to a Michigan survey, high levels of radon are expected in one out of eight Michigan homes. In some counties, as many as 45 percent of the homes have had radon levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action level is 4 pCi/L.  

 

For more on radon, visit https://www.barryeatonhealth.org/healthy-homes or call or visit the BEDHD in Hastings or Charlotte.

 

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