Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Health Department encourages radon testing

Health Department encourages radon testing

"You can't see or smell radon, so testing is the only way to know how high the radon levels are in your home", said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG.

The do-it-yourself test kits are available at the Macomb County Health Department, 43525 Elizabeth Road in Mount Clemens, as well as at the Warren office at 27690 Van Dyke Ave.

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that, if accumulated at high levels, can be risky.

Decades of scientific research have shown a strong correlation between breathing harmful concentrations of radon gas - over long periods of time - with an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

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Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States - and the leading cause among non-smokers. As radon decays, solid particles are released, easily breathed in and deposited in the lungs.

Radon in our homes is a significant health issue. Rocks and soil can contain uranium.

Radon testing isn't expensive and can be done either by a professional or by purchasing your own kit. The good news is that radon can be reduced by easy, low-priced home testing and fix.

"Soil that's kind of in the Redlands is kind of a shale soil and they're usually higher levels in that type of soil versus the granite in the Mesa". Radon is also found in building materials and in well water.

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Test kits are available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories. "We encourage everyone to test their homes because levels can vary drastically from home to home". "While there could be a very low level of radon at one home, there can be a very high level at the house next door". After construction is completed and the homeowner has moved in, a radon test is recommended.

Reduce radon gas by taking action to reduce radon entry into your home.

For more information on radon testing, visit www.coloradoradon.info, where you can find a list of contractors certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program to install radon mitigation systems. Lincoln County Health Department is always working for a safer and healthier Lincoln County. For more information, people can call the health department at 217-379-9281.

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