Oakland County residents encouraged to test homes for radon

Radon test kits are half-price during National Radon Action Month
Posted at 12:03 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 13:15:20-05

PONTIAC, Mich. (WXYZ) — Oakland County residents are being encouraged to test their homes for potential harmful gas during National Radon Action Month.

According to the Oakland County Health Division, radon test kits are only $5 this month and available at health offices in Pontiac and Southfield:

  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 34E, Pontiac
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield

Residents should test their homes during cooler months since doors and windows are likely to remain closed.

“Exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, Oakland County health officer. “Since you cannot see or smell radon, testing your home is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon exposure.”

Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is usually harmless outdoors. But when the gas
is trapped in a building or home, it can be a health hazard.

If your home tests high levels of radon, contact the Health Division's Environmental Health Services at (248) 858-1312 or (248) 424-7191.