According to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy one in four homes in Michigan have high levels of radon.
Radon a radioactive gas that is odorless, and tasteless but it’s dangerous. The scentless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
There are no “red flags” to look for. The best way to see if you have elevated levels of radon is to test for it.
“Today I did 5 radon’s and we had two that came back ya know, came back elevated,” says Salina Multon, a radon administrator for Accurate Inspections.
Most people get their homes tested for radon during inspections but Multon says that’s not enough.
“I just do a rule of thumb every one to two years.”
EGLE officials say checking every two years is good if your home has tested positive for elevated levels of radon, every five years if your home tests negative.
January is radon action month and many county health departments are selling or offering free radon test kits.