Free Radon Test Kits Available at District Health Department No. 10

LAKE COUNTY — District Health Department No. 10 is providing free radon test kits during National Radon Action Month, January 3 through 31.

DHD No.10 encourages people to test their home for radon in recognition of National Radon Action Month, January 2017. During the month of January, people can visit their local DHD No.10 office to receive a free radon test kit and learn more about this environmental hazard.

Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that is found in rock and soil. Radon is usually harmless but becomes dangerous when it is trapped inside buildings and homes. Radon can move into homes through cracks and small openings in foundations. If radon is present in a home it has the potential to build up and become harmful. Because there are no physical signs to alert the presence of radon in a house, testing is the only way to know if there is risk.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each year about 21,000 Americans die from lung cancer caused by exposure to radon. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Radon will not cause any warning symptoms to let people know they are being exposed; it does not cause a rash, headache, nausea, etc. To prevent life-threatening health complications, test for radon.

Remember, any home could have a radon problem, whether it is new or old, built over a basement or crawlspace, or if a person's neighbor has a radon problem or not. In Michigan, nearly one in eight homes is expected to have a radon problem, and in some counties as many as 40-45% of the homes could have problems.