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. With COVID-19, individuals and families are spending more time at home, making it even more important to check for high radon levels.
According to a Michigan survey, high levels of radon are expected in one out of eight Michigan homes. 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 for free to residents of Barry, Eaton, and Ionia counties during January, which is Radon Action Month. There is a limit of one kit per address. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and supplies are limited.
Residents can pick up a kit at one of the below locations. After using it at home, they should send it to the lab for testing! Residents should wear a face mask when picking up a radon test.
Hastings: Health Department, 330 W. Woodlawn Ave. (269) 945-9516
Charlotte: Health Department, 1033 Healthcare Dr. (517) 541-2615
Lansing: Delta Township Hall, Assessing Department, 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy. (517) 323-8520
Delton: Delton District Library, 330 N. Grove St. (269) 623-8040
The Ionia County Health Department is also giving away FREE short-term radon test-kits throughout the month of January in return for the donation of a non-perishable food item.
Ionia: Health Department, 175 E. Adams Street (616)- 527-5341