Now is the time to have your home tested for radon
January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the decay of naturally occurring radium and uranium in the earth. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the leading cause in nonsmokers. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as many as 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year are caused by radon.
Radon is colorless and odorless, so the only way to know if your home has a problem is to test for it. In Minnesota, one in three homes has radon levels that pose a significant health risk, and nearly 80 percent of counties are rated high radon zones.
Radon exposure is preventable, and radon problems in homes can be fixed. The first step is to test for radon at home, and the Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all homes in Minnesota be tested for radon.
Testing during a real estate transaction should be conducted by a certified professional; find one in your area in this list of approved radon measurement providers.
For more information on radon testing and mitigation visit www.health.state.mn.us/radon or call the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 1-800-798-9050.
Test kit promotions
Test kits are easy to use, and postage and testing instructions are included in the kit. Air Chek, Inc. a manufacturer of short term radon test kits. Minnesota residents receive a 53 percent discount. Order online at www.mn.radon.com.
Landauer, Inc. a manufacturer of long term radon gas test kits. Reference promo code: MN4RADON for a 49 percent discount on the radon test kit price. Order online at www.getaradontest.com.
Published Jan 22, 2014