January is Radon Action Month
The Village of Fowlerville is participating in a county-wide effort to bring awareness to residents about Radon.
Taken from the Livingston County Environmental Health Department's website:
"Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon enters buildings through openings in the foundation floor or walls (sump openings, crawlspaces, floor/wall joints, cracks, etc.). Radon can become trapped in buildings, and thus, lead to elevated and harmful radon levels. Exposure to long-term, elevated radon levels can increase your risk of lung cancer. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and results in approximately 21,100 lung cancer deaths each year.
One in eight Michigan homes is likely to have an elevated radon level. According to a study conducted by the MDEQ, radon is present at elevated levels in about 40% of Livingston County homes. Radon is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, and it has no warning symptoms (it does not cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, etc.). Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon."
To test your home, you can receive a short-term test kit during the month of January, provided by the Livingston County Health Department at a cost of $5 each. Please call ahead for availability (517-546-9858) or purchase directly through www.mi.radon.com at the discounted rate.
Livingston County Health Department
National Radon Information Line