Kent County Health Dept. offering free in-home radon testing kits

Posted at 7:11 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 11:24:53-05

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The Kent County Health Department is offering residents free radon testing kits.

Experts say that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country. It’s odorless and colorless, making it hard to detect without a kit.

The testing kit includes a filter meant to be hung in the house for a few days. After which, it’s mailed in for testing. Both residents and the state’s Department of Environmental Quality will get the test results.

“Testing for radon is an easy and important step in protecting the health of your family,” says Sara Simmonds, Supervising Sanitarian with the Kent County Health Department. “The kit is easy to use. Simply hang a filter inside your house for a few days, then send it in a self-addressed, pre-stamped envelope for testing.”

Kits are available while supplies last, and can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at these locations:

  • Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Avenue NE, Grand Rapids
  • KCHD North County Clinic, 4388 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford
  • KCHD South Clinic, 4700 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood

Only one kit will be given per household.