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Offering Minnesota and Surrounding Area Residents Discounted Radon Test Kits
Minnesota homes need to be tested for radon; late fall and winter are best times to test
Every 25 minutes, one 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 non-smokers. More than 21,000 lung cancer deaths are attributed to radon each year in the U.S.
Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable, by testing homes and fixing radon problems. More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas and MDH states every home should be tested. Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so the only way for homeowners to know if their home has radon is to test. Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes 3-5 days. January is National Radon Awareness Month – a perfect time to test your home.
More specific radon-related information can be found at the MDH Radon Webpage.
MDH has partnered with Air Chek and local public health departments to make test kits available to local residents at low or no cost.
A list of participating health agencies can be found here.
In addition, test kits can also be purchased directly from Air Chek for less than $8.00. This price includes shipping, lab analysis and a final report. There are no hidden fees.
Selecting the Right Test Kit
Short term test kits are the best option for your first radon test because they allow for a quick check to determine if radon levels in your home are elevated enough to go directly to mitigation. Short term testing length ranges from 3-7 days.
Long term test kits are the best option for assessing the actual risk from exposure to radon in your home. Long term testing is often done as a follow up to a short term test. Long term testing length ranges from 3 months to 1 year.
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. Once you have tested, further action can be taken based upon your results. If your home’s level is over 4 piC/L, you should consider verification testing and having a radon mitigation system installed. Anyone interested in mitigating his or her home for radon should consult MDH’s list of certified Radon Contractors/Mitigation Service Providers.
2014 Minnesota National Radon Action Month
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed January "Radon Action Month" in Minnesota, urging residents to take simple and affordable steps to test their homes for harmful levels of radon gas. In addition, January 1, 2014 marks the beginning of the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act which requires additional radon disclosure and education at the time of home purchase. More information about radon in real estate can be found on the MDH Radon Website.
In connection with Radon Action Month in the state and nation, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is engaged in a series of activities this month to promote awareness of radon as an important public health issue.
In partnership with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), MDH produced a short video featuring the story of a young woman who wishes to educate all Minnesotans about radon after the death of her mother due to lung cancer.