Happy New Year 2018! Here are some safety thoughts for the family household as well as if you venture out on to the ice.
January is Radon awareness month. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States. Radon is an odorless and tasteless naturally occurring gas in soil which easily migrates into below ground basements where it concentrates into highly elevated levels.
The Environmental Protection Agency “action level” is 4.0 pCi/L. A local area home test result from multiple tests was 9.4pCi/L. After a remediation vent was installed, radon levels have been at 1.0 or less. There are several other homes in our area that have radon remediation vents installed. Shiawassee County Environmental Health Department has free radon test kits available for you to pick up at their office this month. The test kit is easy to use and there is no cost for the analysis. The Shiawassee County Health Dept. is located at 149 E. Corunna Ave., Corunna, MI. 989 743-2392. Here is Michigan’s website for more Radon information: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3312_4120_4196—,00.html
New year, new battery in your home smoke detectors. Even though the clothes dryer screen captures a good amount of lint, it’s a good idea to physically clean the lint from the vent pipe. A partially or fully clogged vent increases the drying time or could cause a fire. Furnace filters and humidifier media need regular replacement for an efficiently operating system.
What’s in your well water? Shiawassee County Environmental Health Department has free drinking water test kits in which you can have your water tested for pathogens, nitrates and metals. There is a cost for each specific type of test you request. Talk to the health department Sanitarian for what you might want to test for.
On Sunday January 7th the lake ice thickness averages 8 inches. Caution should be exercised near water inlets, the spillway and shores as ice is likely to be less thick. Ice first covered most of the lake December 15th with the exception of a small area on the east side of the lake. Since December 21, 2017 ice has covered the entire lake.
In case you wanted to know, cigarette smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer.