GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Health Department is working to test more homes for potentially deadly radon.
“Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that’s naturally occurring in the earth and it seeps up through the cracks and holes in the foundations. And it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer,” Kent County Environmental Health Supervisor Max Bjorkman said.
The American Lung Association says radon leads to the deaths of about 21,000 Americans each year.
Testing is the only way to know if it is in your home. To help protect people in West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department is offering free radon testing kits while supplies last this month.
The kit is easy to use: You just hang it up in your house for a few days, then send it back in for testing. In a few weeks, results will be sent back to you and to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
The kits are available for pick-up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the following 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 SE, Kentwood
January is National Radon Action Month.