Wayne County offers free radon test kits

Free radon testing kits are available to Wayne County residents through the county’s Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness as part of National Radon Action Month.

Residents can obtain a radon testing kit at no charge from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Wayne County Health Administration Building, 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne. The office is closed from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch. Visitors should enter the East Wing of the building.

The phone number is 734-727-7400.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is tasteless, odorless and colorless. It comes from the radioactive decay of radium and uranium in the Earth. It enters homes through openings in the foundation floor or walls; wherever the foundation is in contact with the soil.

These openings can include sump crocks, crawlspaces, space around plumbing or wiring, floor and wall joints, cracks, or hollow block walls.

“The only way to know whether your home has elevated radon levels is to test for it,” said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, director of the Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness. “Testing is best done in the winter months, when windows and doors are kept closed. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take corrective action to protect your family.

“Radon is the leading cause in of lung cancer in non-smokers,” Hammami said. “The (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that as many as 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year are caused by radon. There is no ‘safe’ radon level. As a general rule, the higher the radon level and the longer the exposure, the greater the health risk.”

For more information go to www.waynecounty.com/hhs/nuisancecomplaints.htm or www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-consumer-information.