IONIA — Residents can acquire a free radon check package this month on the Ionia County Well being Division in trade for a donation.
The Ionia County Well being Division is making a gift of free short-term radon check kits throughout January in trade for a nonperishable meals merchandise, based on a press launch. January is Nationwide Radon Motion Month.
Radon is described by the well being division as “a colorless, odorless, radioactive fuel discovered naturally within the atmosphere.” It’s the main reason behind lung most cancers in nonsmokers and the second main reason behind lung most cancers general.
Radon fuel is launched from rock or soil and should seep into houses by means of the muse, cracks in flooring and partitions, org gaps round service pipes — based on the well being division.
A excessive degree of radon within the dwelling can enhance publicity to radiation, which will increase the chance for lung most cancers.
The ICHD recommends houses be examined. Testing houses is the one method to know if a household is in danger from radon since there aren’t any warning indicators or signs of publicity, per the well being division.
The U.S. Environmental Safety Company estimates one out of 15 houses within the nation have elevated radon ranges.
These with questions can contact the ICHD at 616-527-5341.