Wayne County’s Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness is joining the United States Environmental Protection Agency in recognizing January as National Radon Action Month by offering free radon testing kits to Wayne County residents.
Resident can obtain a Radon testing kit at no charge by visiting the Wayne County Health Administration Building, 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne, MI, 48184 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (closed from 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch) Monday through Friday. Visitors should enter the East Wing of the building (Venoy Road entrance). The phone number is 734-727-7400.
“We are offering free testing kits because the only way to know whether your home has elevated Radon levels is to test for it,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Director of the department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness. “Testing is best done in the winter months, when windows and doors are kept closed. If a high Radon level is detected in your home, you can then take steps to correct the problem and protect your family” stated Dr. Hammami.
For more information visit: http://www.waynecounty.com/hhs/nuisancecomplaints.htm or http://www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-consumer-information.
Radon is the leading cause in of lung cancer in non-smokers. The EPA estimates that as many as 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year are caused by radon. There is no “safe” radon level. As a general rule; the higher the radon level and the longer the exposure, the greater the health risk.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is tasteless, odorless, and colorless. It comes from the radioactive decay (breakdown) of radium and uranium in the earth. It enters homes through openings in the foundation floor or walls; wherever the foundation is in contact with the soil. These openings can include sump crocks, crawlspaces, space around plumbing or wiring, floor/wall joints, cracks, or hollow block walls.
Source: Wayne County