Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Health Division encourages residents to purchase radon test kits for only $5 during National Radon Action Month in January to test their homes for the potentially harmful gas.
“Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, but it is preventable,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Oakland County Health Division is offering radon test kits at half price to help Oakland County families protect themselves and their loved ones.”
The Health Division recommends testing homes for radon during the cooler months as windows and doors remain closed.
“You cannot see or smell radon, and people tend to ignore the possibility that it might exist at high levels in their homes,” said Kathy Forzley, Health Division health officer. “Testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon.”
Radon test kits for homes are available for purchase at Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield:
- North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 34E, Pontiac
- South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To purchase more than 10 radon kits, please call 248-858-1312 to preorder. Please note that Health Division offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is usually harmless outdoors. When the gas is trapped in a building or home, however, it can be a health hazard. The Environmental Protection Agency says there is moderate potential for elevated radon levels in Oakland County homes.
If high levels of radon are found, contact Health Division’s Environmental Health Services at 248-858-1312 in Pontiac or 248-424-7191 in Southfield. Visit www.oakgov.com/health or www.epa.gov/radon for more information.
For up-to-date public health information, visit www.oakgov.com/health, find Public Health Oakland on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @publichealthOC or call the Health Division’s Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533.
For media inquiries only, contact Kathy Forzley, manager / health officer of the Oakland County Health Division, at 248-858-1410.