IONIA – Residents can acquire a free radon check package this month on the Ionia County Well being Division in alternate for a donation.
The Ionia County Well being Division is freely giving short-term radon check kits throughout January in alternate for a non-perishable meals, in keeping with a press launch. January is Nationwide Radon Motion Month.
The well being division describes radon as “a colorless and odorless radioactive gasoline that happens naturally within the setting.” It’s the main reason for lung most cancers in nonsmokers and the second main reason for lung most cancers total.
Radon gasoline is launched from rock or soil and might seep into properties by way of foundations, cracks in flooring and partitions, natural voids round service pipes, in keeping with the well being division.
A excessive stage of radon within the dwelling can enhance radiation publicity, rising the chance of lung most cancers.
ICHD recommends that properties be examined. Testing properties is the one approach to know if a household is in danger for radon, as there are not any warning indicators or signs of publicity, in keeping with the well being division.
The US Environmental Safety Company estimates that one in each 15 properties within the nation has elevated radon ranges.
These with questions can contact ICHD at 616-527-5341.