Do You Know Your Number?
- Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The action level recommended is 4pCi/L.
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. (The leading cause is smoking.)
- It is naturally occurring and is found in almost any kind of soil or rock in at least trace amounts.
- It is tasteless, odorless, colorless, and radioactive.
- It enters buildings through openings in the foundation floor or walls (sump openings, crawlspace, floor/wall joints, cracks, etc.)
- It has no warning symptoms. (It does not cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, etc.; the only known health effect is an increased risk of lung cancer.)
- Nearly one in eight Michigan homes would be expected to have elevated radon levels. In Jackson County, one in six could have an elevated level.
- In some counties, as many as 45% of the homes could have a problem!
- Testing is easy and inexpensive.
Testing homes is very simple. You can purchase test kits from your local Health Department, hardware store, and other retail outlets. You can also contact a private certified radon professional servicing your area.
Cost at Jackson County Health Department:
Short Term Test Kits (3-7 days) - $11
- Radon problems are "fixable."
- The only way to know if your home has elevated radon level is to test!