Free radon test kits offered at Health Dept.

Free radon test kits are available at District Health Department No. 10 during the month of January in observance of National Radon Action Month. Radon is a cancer-causing gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste. According to the American Lung Association, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of the uranium found in nearly all types of soils. It typically moves up from the ground and into homes through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Homes may then trap the radon inside, where it can build up.

Radon gas cannot be seen or smelled. Testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home. Test kits include easy-to-use directions. You simply place the opened kit in the lowest level of your home for several days, then seal it up and mail it to the test lab in the postage-paid envelope.

Test results will be mailed back to you, along with information about what to do if the radon levels in your home are found to be higher than what is considered safe. A variety of methods may then be advised to help reduce your home’s radon levels.

You can find more information on radon at www.epa.gov/radon or at the test kit maker’s Radon Information Center at www.radon.com. Contact or stop in at your local county office of District Health Department No. 10 during January to get your free radon test kit.

Crawford County: (989) 348-7800 ,Kalkaska County: (231) 258-8669, Lake County: (231) 745-4663, Manistee County: (231) 723-3595, Mason County: (231) 845-7381,Mecosta County: (231) 592-0130, Missaukee County: (231) 839-7167, Newaygo County: (231) 689-7300 ,Oceana County:  (231) 873-2193, Wexford County: (231) 775-9942.