IONIA, MI – Governor Snyder has again proclaimed January as Radon Action Month for 2016. In honor of this, the Ionia County Health Department will extend offering free radon test kits during the months of January and February 2016, to those who bring in non-perishable food item for a donation.
Nearly one in eight Michigan homes are expected to have an elevated indoor radon level, but many of our residents don’t realize just how easy it is to test for this tasteless, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas.
To increase awareness and encourage testing, they will be offering free test kits in exchange for a nonperishable food donation. Donations will go to support our local food pantries. They are hoping you will join them by simply sharing this information with your co-workers, clients, family, and friends.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and the leading cause among non-smokers. This naturally occurring gas is found in all kinds of soil and rock, and it normally moves up and out to the atmosphere where it gets quickly diluted. However, when it gets trapped under a home, it can be drawn in through openings in the foundation floor or walls. It gets diluted once it’s released to the indoor air, but not as diluted as it would outdoors, and exposure over time increases the risk of lung cancer.
Testing for radon is easy. Test kits are available at the Ionia County Health Department or usually at hardware stores or home improvement centers. And, of course, when problems are found, they can be fixed.
Please join in sharing this information. Radon-related lung cancer is preventable, and together we can reduce this risk. Contact the Ionia County Health Department at 616-527-5341 with any questions.