National Radon Action Month
January is National Radon Action Month. This is an opportunity for all Michiganders to take steps towards protecting themselves and their families. One in every four Michigan homes is expected to have radon levels that exceed the recommended federal action level. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, and there are no short-term side effects. It’s estimated to cause more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, with more than 600 of those occurring in Michigan. Testing your home is the only way to know if you have a problem. For help getting a radon test kit, go to www.michigan.gov/radon, call 800-723-6642, e-mail [email protected], or just stop by your local hardware store. Testing is recommended every two years because homes settle, new cracks form in the foundation, and radon levels can change. Accurate short-term radon testing requires closed house conditions, and the length of the testing period is a minimum of 48 hours. January is a great time to test!
If test results show radon levels at or above 4 picocuries per liter, a radon mitigation system can be installed to fix the problem. This system grabs the radon before it ever enters the home and vents it outside. uring National Radon Action Month, the U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality urge homeowners to protect their health by testing for radon.
For more information about radon testing, mitigation, levels across the state, etc., visit www.michigan.gov/radon. For a free packet of information about radon, e-mail [email protected], or call at 1-800-RADON GAS (1-800-723-6642).
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