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By the Numbers: EGLE makes nearly 18K radon test kits available to city and county health departments, others
January 16, 2024
Every year, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) makes radon test kits available to city and county health departments, tribal governments, and Michigan State University (MSU) extension offices. The kits test for the presence of deadly radon gas, found to be at elevated levels in one quarter of Michigan homes.
Radon test kit.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, and there are no short-term side effects that could cause alarm or warn of its presence. However, long-term exposure to radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer, which accounts for more deaths in both men and women than any other form of cancer in the United States.
During January, Radon Action Month, EGLE highlights its radon program, which aims to:
- increase awareness of health risks associated with elevated indoor radon levels,
- promote home testing, and
- encourage citizens to take action to reduce exposure once elevated radon levels are found.
Les Smith, III, EGLE’s indoor radon specialist, says interest in radon test kits is high around the state. “In Fiscal Year 2023, EGLE distributed nearly 18,000 radon test kits to statewide radon outreach partners – an increase of nearly 7,000 kits over the previous year. Many partners provide kits at a reduced cost or free in some cases.”
Almost all counties have radon test kits available from EGLE.
To find out if radon test kits are available near you, contact EGLE’s local health department partners.
Learn more about radon at Michigan.gov/Radon.