MOUNT PLEASANT — January is Radon Awareness Month and the Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD), which services Osceola County, wants to remind the public that testing for radon in your home, office, and school is an important way to protect their health.

People cannot see, smell, or taste radon, so testing is the only way to determine if radon is a problem in their indoor environment. This January, participate in our “Give a Can, Get a Kit” event where bringing in a nonperishable item, to be donated to a local food pantry, will give you a free radon test kit.

During the entire month, test kits at all branch offices of CMDHD will be discounted to $5 or free with a donation of a nonperishable food item. Radon has been determined to be the most serious cancer-causing agent that the general public encounters in the environment.

"In the winter months when doors and windows are closed, radon can rise in our homes, so this is the best time to test," stated Steve King, director of environmental health services for the CMDHD. "You should test your home for radon if you have never tested, moved to a new home, recently remodeled, or it has been several years since testing."

More general radon information is available by calling the Central Michigan District Health Department or visiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Website at epa.gov/radon or the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) at michigan.gov/radon.