Public Health Radon Campaign
Radon is a radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste but it may be present in your home. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking.) In fact, if you are a smoker and your home has elevated radon levels, you are at much higher risk. Click here to see the comparison between smokers and non-smokers. Smokers and Non-Smokers
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a map of Radon potential. Click here to view map Radon Potential in Michigan. It shows Menominee County to have moderate potential for elevated radon and Delta County to have low potential, however, the only way to know the radon level in YOUR house it to test. Many test results in Delta and Menominee counties have been above the level where EPA recommends action (4 pCi/L).
Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties, offers simple and inexpensive test kits for sale. The $16 price includes mailing and analysis. You place the test kit in your home for three to seven day, then seal the kit up and send it in for analysis. Detailed instructions are provided with the kits. Visit one of our Environmental Health offices to pick on up.
Test kits are also available in hardware and other stores.
Radon enters homes with soil gas. Radon is a natural byproduct of the radioactive breakdown of Uranium in soil and rock. Click here to see how it can enter your home. Radon Home Invasion. Any type of home can have elevated radon – new or old; big or small; drafty or well-sealed; on a slab, crawl space, or basement – only testing can tell you if you have a problem.
If elevated levels of radon are detected, you can take steps to reduce your radon exposure and your health risk.
For more information, contact Environmental Health at (906)786-9692.