January is National Radon Action Month – an opportune time for St. Clair County residents to test for radon in their homes. According to St. Clair County Administrator Karry Hepting testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk for health issues caused by radon. Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless gas that is harmless outdoors. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and can get into the air we breathe. Radon enters buildings through openings in the foundation floor or walls (sump openings, crawlspaces, floor/wall joints, cracks, etc.) and can become trapped in buildings and lead to elevated and harmful radon levels. Environmental Health Director, Steve Demick, encourages residents to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about radon and test their home for this radioactive gas. “Radon exposure is considered the second-leading cause of lung cancer,” Demick said. “The home radon test kit is a quick and easy process, and homes with (con’t)elevated radon levels can be fixed.” “You can’t see or smell radon, and people tend to ignore the possibility that it might exist at high levels in their homes,” said Kevin McNeill, Sanitarian. “Winter is the ideal time to test your home for radon because the windows and doors are closed.” Home radon test kits are available at the St. Clair County Health Department, 3415 28th Street in Port Huron. For more information contact the Environmental Health Division at (810) 987-5306 or visit www.scchealth.co or www.epa.gov/radon. Follow us on social media @scchdmi.