Every year, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) makes radon test kits available to city and county health departments, tribal governments, and Michigan State University (MSU) extension offices. The kits test for the presence of deadly radon gas, found at elevated levels in one quarter of Michigan homes.
Radon test kit.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, and there are no short-term side effects that could cause alarm or warn of its presence. However, long-term exposure to radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer, which accounts for more deaths in both men and women than any other form of cancer in the United States.
During January, Radon Action MonthEGLE highlights its radon program, which aims to:
- increase awareness of health risks associated with elevated indoor radon levels,
- promote home testing, and
- encourage citizens to take action to reduce exposure once elevated radon levels are found.
Les Smith, III, EGLE’s indoor radon specialist, says interest in radon kits is high around the state. “Since October 1, 2022, EGLE shipped over 11,000 test kits to statewide radon outreach partners,” he said. “Many partners provide kits at a reduced cost or free in some cases.”
Almost all counties have kits available from EGLE.
To find out if radon testing kits are available near you, contact EGLE’s local health department partners.