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January is National Radon Action Month

11 January 2010

So, what the heck is radon? Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America. Eeeee.  So it really goes without saying that you need to make sure that you’re on top of your home’s radon levels to make sure that you and your family are safe.  It sounds scary, but don’t worry!  You can fix radon problems without spending too much money, so don’t feel intimidated.

Radon typically gets into houses through the ground and into your home through cracks and holes in your foundation.  Both old and new homes are susceptible to radon, even if they are very well sealed.  The first step is to test your home for radon, which is really easy!  Just go to your local hardware store and purchase a radon testing kit, which you can usually find for under $15.  You will then need to send your detectors to a lab for testing, which costs around $30.  You can also contact the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit for information about low-cost testing kits and the difference between various kits.  Within a week you will get your results and know whether or not your family is being exposed to unhealthy levels of radon.

If the average of your two detectors is around 4 pCi/L (Picocuries Per Liter), then you need to take action to mitigate the level of this harmful radioactive gas in your home.  There are several methods that you can use to reduce your radon levels, so it’s best to get a qualified radon contractor over to help you figure it out.  You can find more information about radon mitigation contractors and providers at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Stay safe, folks!  Celebrate National Radon Action Month and test your home!

:: A Citizen’s Guide to Radon, Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction, Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit – Radon

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  1. 11 January 2010 6:13 pm

    It makes my heart smile when I see so much good information concerning radon being distributed to our citizens during National Radon Action Month–January. However, when January is over, if we haven’t checked the radon level in our homes, radon gas doesn’t magically disappear in February. The only way to know if you are living with high levels of this radioactive silent killer is to test for it. Every home needs to be tested for radon. We at (CanSAR) Cancer Survivors Against Radon want everyone to know that the 25,000 lives that are lost each year in our nation due to radon-induced lung cancer can be saved if we get the word out and treat every month as Radon Action Month!

    CanSAR has a national networking campaign this year with a little t-shirt called Radon TEE. Please go to http://www.radonleaders.org/radontee and learn how you can help TEE get the word out in Minnesota this year.
    Thank you for your article 🙂
    Gloria Linnertz
    seascape@htc.net
    Cancer Survivors Against Radon

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