ALPENA, Mich. — As January kicks off national radon action month, District Health Department No. 4 reminds the community that regular testing for radon in your home, office, and school is important for your health. Radon is known to be the second leading cause of lung cancer following smoking. It is something that you can’t see, smell or taste.
The health department said elevated levels of radon are present in 7 to 24 percent of homes in Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties.
According to Director of Environmental Health Kevin Prevost, there are no warning signs of radon and the only way to know if there is a risk to exposure is to test.
During the month of January the health department is hosting a “Give a can, Get a kit” event where the community brings non–perishable items for donation to a local pantry in exchange for a free radon test kit.
For more information on receiving a kit and where to donate, you can visit https://www.epa.gov/radon or call 800–221–0294.