Free radon test kits at Allegan County libraries

January is Radon Action Month. Radon is odorless, tasteless gas that can cause lung cancer.

Free radon test kits are available through January at libraries in Allegan County.

Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, 174 Center St., and Fennville District Library, 400 W. Main St., are participating in the program being handled by the Allegan County Health Department. The free test kits are available while supplies last.

January is Radon Action Month, and the Allegan County Health Department recommends residents to learn more about radon, test for radon levels within their homes, and reduce radon levels within their homes if found. 

What is radon?

Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. When you breathe in radon, radioactive particles from the decay of radon gas can get trapped in your lungs. It takes many years for lung cancer to develop.  Most people don’t have symptoms until lung cancer is advanced. 

All outdoor and indoor air has some radon in it. Radon can build up in the air in any home or building. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), one in four homes have high levels of radon. Testing is the only way to know if radon levels in your home are high.

Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, 174 Center St., Douglas, on Jan. 9, 2024.

Other libraries

Other participating libraries include:

Dorr Township Library, 1804 Sunset Drive, Dorr; Henika District Library, 149 S. Main St. Wayland; Hopkins District Library, 118 E. Main S., Hopkins; Leighton Township Library, 4451 12th St., Wayland; Salem Township Library, 3007 142nd Ave., Burnips; and Ransom District Library, 180 S. Sherwood Ave., Plainwell.

For more information on radon, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov or Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at www.michigan.gov/egle.