National Radon Action Week October 18-24

"Give a Can, Get a Kit" during National Radon Action Week

By Andy Grambau, True North Radio Network

District Health Department No. 4 (DHD#4) is offering families an easy and inexpensive way to test their homes for radon, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.

Health officials say it is important to test homes, schools and offices at least every two years to protect your health.

October 18-24 is National Radon Action Week. During the week, DHD#4 is offering residents a free radon test kit for donating a non-perishable food item through its “Give a Can, Get a Kit” event. Donated items will be distributed to a local food pantry.

Health officials say elevated levels of radon are present in 7-24% of homes in Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. “There are no warning signs for radon and the only way to know if there is a risk of exposure is to test,” said Kevin Prevost, Director of Environmental Health. “When property owners test for radon, they can identify problems early and take steps to reduce elevated radon levels.”

Radon reduction systems can be installed to help reduce radon to acceptable levels. Read More

Source: True North Radio Network, Alpena, MI