Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency estimate between 15,000 and 22,000 people will die from radon exposure this year.
Radon is invisible and odorless; therefore, it could be lingering in a private home or public building without the occupant being aware of its presence.
In observance of National Radon Action Month this month, all four offices of the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department are offering free radon test kits.
Do you know what the radon level is in your home? Testing is the only way to know if you are at risk.
It's easy and inexpensive. To test, people can place the kit in a low-moisture spot in their homes for about three days. Windows and doors should be closed as much as possible during the test. Residents then just fold the test up, send it in and the results are returned in about two weeks.
There is no safe exposure level. Know your radon risk. For more information, go to wupdhd.org.