National Radon Action Month: testing kits half price

Oakland County Health Division will offer radon test kits for just $5 during National Radon Action Month this January. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson encourages residents to take advantage of this half-off price to test their homes for the potentially harmful gas.

“Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, but it is preventable,” Patterson said. “We are offering the radon testing kits at half-price to help Oakland County families protect their loved ones.”

Radon test kits for homes are available at Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield:

  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 34E, Pontiac
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
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Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please note that Health Division offices will be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.    Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is usually harmless outdoors. When the gas is trapped in a building or home, however, it can be a health hazard. The Environmental Protection Agency says there is moderate potential for elevated radon levels in Oakland County homes.

“You can’t see or smell radon, and people tend to ignore the possibility that it might exist at high levels in their homes,” said Tony Drautz, administrator of Health Division’s Environmental Health Services. “The best time to test your home for radon is during the cooler months when the windows and doors are closed.”

If high levels of radon are found, contact Health Division’s Environmental Health Services at 248-858-1312 in Pontiac or 248-424-7191 in Southfield. Visit www.oakgov.com/health or www.epa.gov/radon for more information.

For up-to-date public health information, visit www.oakgov.com/health or find Public Health Oakland on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC.

For media inquiries only, contact Tony Drautz, administrator of Oakland County Health Division’s Environmental Health Services, at 248-858-1320.