RADON IS THE #1 CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER AMONG NONSMOKERS
- Every 25 minutes, a person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.
- More than 40% of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas. Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless. Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes 3-5 days.
Testing your home for radon
Radon kits are sold at local lumber yards and hardware stores. They can also be ordered online HERE.
- Tests should be done in the lowest level of the home that is frequently occupied. Tests should not be done in laundry or utility rooms, kitchens or bathrooms.
- Home Radon Test Guide
Health risks from radon
Radon is a serious public health concern in the U.S., and even more so in Minnesota than other states. The average radon level in Minnesota is more than three times higher than the average U.S. radon level. In winter, home heating systems tend to draw in radon gas from the soil, increasing radon levels inside the home.
- Any radon tests done during a real estate transaction should be conducted by an MDH licensed Radon Measurement or Radon Mitigation Professional
- Radon levels in homes can be reduced by an MDH listed Radon Mitigation Professional
Find out more about radon:
- World Health Organization (WHO) on Radon
- MN Department of Health
- Environmental Protection Agency
More information on home mitigation HERE