Each year, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) provides radon testing equipment to city and county health departments, tribal governments, and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension offices. The kits detect the presence of deadly radon gas, which is found at elevated levels in a quarter of Michigan homes.
Radon test kit.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, and there are no short-term side effects that would cause alarm or warn of its presence. However, long-term exposure to radon increases the risk of lung cancer, which kills more men and women than any other form of cancer in the United States.
In January Radon Action MonthEGLE highlights the Radon Program, which aims to:
- raising awareness of the health risks associated with elevated indoor radon levels;
- Introduce home experiments, and
- Encourage citizens to take action to reduce exposure after elevated radon levels are detected.
Les Smith III, EGLE’s indoor radon specialist, says demand for radon kits around the state is high. “As of October 1, 2022, EGLE has shipped more than 11,000 test kits to statewide radon outreach partners.” “Many partners offer kits at a discounted price or in some cases for free.”
Almost all districts have kits available from EGLE.
Contact EGLE’s to find out if radon detectors are available near you Environmental health department partners.