2018-01-07 / News

Saginaw Co. Health Dept. to distribute free radon kits

SAGINAW – Chris Klawuhn, Saginaw County environmental health director, has announced the Saginaw County Department of Public Health is distributing 400 free radon test kits during the month of January in recognition of Radon Action Month. He encourages area residents to get a kit and test their home during the coming heating season and, if necessary, to take action to reduce their exposure to this tasteless, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, surpassed only by cigarette smoking, and it is a significant environmental health threat that can be easily detected. When elevated radon levels are found, residents should confirm the measurements with additional testing, and then take action to reduce the levels in their homes.

Radon occurs naturally in soil and rock, but being a gas, it can move upward through the soil and enters buildings through cracks and openings in the foundation floor or walls. Typical entry points include floor/wall joints, sump openings, crawlspaces, cracks in the floor, and other penetrations caused by plumbing, wiring, or ductwork. Outdoors, it is diluted by the atmosphere, but indoors it tends to be more concentrated and can accumulate to unhealthy levels.

For more information, call (989) 758- 3686 or visit www.saginawpublichealth.org.

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