Data Shows 30% of Tested Homes in Shiawassee County Tested At Or Above Guideline
Test result data by Air Chek/Radon.com shows 30% of homes tested in Shiawassee County tested equal to or above the 4 pCi/L guideline. Michigan EGLE says all homes should be tested.
The Shiawassee County Health Department urges residents to test their homes for radon by providing FREE radon kits during Radon Action Month.
Less than two percent of homes in Shiawassee County have been tested for radon gas. Of the homes that have been tested, many have been found to have elevated radon levels that require mitigation. Radon levels may vary home to home and the only way to find out if an individual home has elevated levels is by conducting a test.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil and rocks. It moves upward through the soil and enters buildings through cracks and openings in the foundation, sump openings, or crawl spaces. Indoor levels of radon tend to be more concentrated and can build up to unhealthy levels.
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Exposure to radon increases one’s risk of developing lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and responsible for approximately 20,000 deaths each year.
Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. Kits are available year-round at the Shiawassee County Health Department for $5.00. However, during Radon Action Month, kits are available for FREE and are available for pickup at the Environmental Health Division, located at 201 N. Shiawassee St. 3rd floor of the Surbeck Building in Corunna.
For more information, call the Environmental Health Division at 989-743-2392 or visit their office Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM. Information is also available through the MDEQ toll-free information line at 1-800-RADON GAS (1-800-723-6642).
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