Oakland County, Michigan -- For one week only radon test kits are just $5 at Oakland County Health Division offices. In recognition of National Radon Action Week, October 17 – 21, 2011, the Health Division is educating residents about the dangers of radon exposure and ways to reduce radon in homes.
"For just a few dollars, you can test your home for radon, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer," said Tony Drautz, administrator of Oakland County Health Division’s Environmental Health Services Unit. "The test is quick, easy and affordable."
Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is usually safely dispersed in outdoor air. However, when it is trapped in buildings, radon can be harmful. The EPA has identified a moderate risk for elevated radon levels in Oakland County homes.
"You can't see or smell radon and people tend to ignore the possibility that it might exist at high levels in their homes," said Drautz. "The best time to test your home for radon is during the cooler months when the windows and doors are closed."
Radon test kits for homes are available at the following Health Division offices:
• Pontiac - 1200 North Telegraph, Building 36E
• Southfield - 27725 Greenfield Road
The Health Division urges residents to protect themselves by testing their homes for radon during National Radon Action Week and by taking measures to reduce radon levels in their homes. If high levels of radon are found in the home, steps to address it can be found at www.oakgov.com/health
. Under "Programs & Services," click "Environmental Health," then select the link labeled "Air."
For additional information about radon or radon testing, call Oakland County Health Division at 248-858-1312 or 248-424-7190.