January is Radon Action Month and the Barry-Eaton District Health Department is encouraging residents to pick up a free radon test kit. Radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, but high levels of radon gas in your home may increase your risk of lung cancer.
According to a Michigan survey, high levels of radon are expected in one out of eight Michigan homes. The easy, do-it-yourself radon test kits are used at home and then mailed to the lab in an envelope that has been provided. There is a limit of one kit per address.
For more information about radon, residents can click here or call or visit BEDHD in Hastings at 330 W. Woodlawn Ave. ( 945-9516) or in Charlotte at 1033 Health Care Dr. ( 541-2615).
If you are not a resident of Barry or Eaton county, you can check with your local health department to determine test availability.