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Radon

You've probably already heard about radon, but you might not know that...

  • You can't see, smell or taste it.

  • It's believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

  • It's ranked by the E.P.A as one of the most serious environmental health problems facing us today.

  • It may be a problem in as many as 1 in 8 Michigan homes.

The only way to know for sure if you have radon in your home is to test for it.

Radon Test Kits

This department has the following types of Radon test kits available for purchase by the public:

  • The Charcoal Kit (short term)
  • The Alpha Track (long term)

The Charcoal Kit is for an exposure period of 3 to 7 days and tests for the presence or absence of radon gas. The fee for this kit is $9.00. It is accurate for testing areas up to a maximum of 800 square feet. If your basement is unfinished and larger than 800 square feet, you may wish to consider purchasing two kits. In this situation, each kit should be placed near the center of each half of the basement.

The Alpha Track Kit is for an exposure period of 7 to 12 months. This kit will provide the home owner with the actual average daily exposure to radon gas and has a maximum test exposure area of 2,000 square feet. The fee for this kit is $22.00.

The shelf life of either of these kits is unlimited; however, it is recommended the kit be utilized within two years from date of purchase.

Radon Information and Fact Sheets

For additional information, reference the attached links. Also, this department's environmental health staff is available to answer questions. Contact us at 906-779-7239 or 906-265-4172.

 
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