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Washtenaw County offers discounted radon testing kits

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Radon testing kit

Washtenaw County Health officials are encouraging residents to test their homes for radon, a carcinogenic gas.

Because of the county’s geology, it is common to see elevated levels of radon in homes. The county is providing discounted test kits through the end of February.

Angela Parsons is with the Washtenaw County Health Department. She suggests testing in the winter because there is less outside air circulating in homes, allowing for more accurate results.

“You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, so testing is the only way to know if it’s there."

According to the county health department, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

Test kits can be purchased for $5 at the Ypsilanti Clerk's office, the Washtenaw County Environmental Health division, Sharon Township Hall, and the Ypsilanti Township Residential Services Department.

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Taylor Bowie joined WEMU as a reporter in October 2023.
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