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Hey, it’s Radon Action Month! (So what does that mean?)

13 January 2012

January is National Radon Action Month! Radon is a odorless, colorless gas that comes up from the earth and seeps into your home. When in the home radon can damage the lining of your lungs, which can cause cancer. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and causes over 21,000 lung cancer death a year.

Now that I have sufficiently freaked you out, let me reassure you that it is easy to test your home’s radon level and fairly inexpensive to fix a radon problem if you have oneBecause Minnesota’s geology provides an ongoing source of radon, and the climate affects how homes are built – 1 in 3 Minnesota homes are said to have raised levels of radon.

1. Test your home for radon

  • You can order a test kit online, or purchase it from your local home improvement store- shouldn’t cost any more than $25.
  • If you live in Minneapolis pick up a low cost test kit offered by the city.
  • Follow the instructions on the kit and send it in for laboratory testing.

2. Determine if there is a problem

Radon is not regulated in Minnesota, so it is up to you to decide if your homes level is high enough to fix. Recommended action level is 4.0 pCi/L. If you determine you want to take action contact a radon mitigation professional to help you figure out which way is best for you home to reduce the radon level.

Radon (Annual
Average) Level
Additional Lung Cancer Risk
for People Who Never Smoked
20 pCi/L 36 out of 1,000
10 pCi/L 18 out of 1,000
8 pCi/L 15 out of 1,000
4 pCi/L 7 out of 1,000
2 pCi/L 4 out of 1,000

Stay safe everyone and test your home for radon this month!

::EPA Radon Action  ::Minnesota department of health- Radon

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