What is Radon Gas
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
Radon in Michigan
1 in 4 Michigan Homes Has an Elevated Radon Concentration
Radon is still a big issues here in Michigan. As you can see from the map if you live Washtenaw, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Jackson, Calhoun, Branch, St Joseph, Kalamazoo and Cass Counties I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you get a radon test done for your home. If you know friends or family that are living or son to live in these area, Talk to them about getting a radon test done during their home inspection.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that radon concentrations in homes be less than 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Since the radon program began in 1992, more than 190,000 radon test kits have been used in Michigan.
Note: This map is not intended to determine if a home in a given zone should be tested for radon. Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found in all three zones. ALL HOMES SHOULD BE TESTED, REGARDLESS OF ZONE DESIGNATION
Zone 1 - Higher potential for radon levels above the 4 pCi/l guideline.
Zone 2 - Moderate potential for radon levels above the 4 pCi/l guideline.
Zone 3 - Lower potential for radon levels above the 4 pCi/l guideline.