Minneapolis gives away radon test kits

The City of Minneapolis is giving away more than 250 radon test kits to increase awareness of the cancer risks of radon and encourage people to test their homes for it.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 29 one per household, while supplies last.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the first cause among nonsmokers. More than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year in the U.S. The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes has radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure. Radon exposure, however, is preventable, and radon problems in homes can be fixed. The first step is to test for radon at home. Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that can only be found by testing. The test kits are easy to use. Postage and testing instructions are included in the kit.

After Oct. 29, radon detection kits are available for purchase for $9 each at the same location (Minneapolis Development Review, 250 S. Fourth St., Room 300) Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up a radon detection kit and test your home for radon.

The test kits for the giveaway are donated by the Minnesota Department of Health. For more information on 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 (800) 798-9050.

Published Oct 29, 2010