Created: 01/07/2013 12:02 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
Ramsey County public health officials are reminding residents to test their homes as part of National Radon Month.
According to the county, radon causes thousands of deaths each year and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking. It’s a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas.
Radon, which is invisible, can get into homes through cracks in the foundation, floor drains, sumps, and other openings between the home and ground.
The Ramsey County Public Health department offers two different types of tests for radon. The first is an Air Check, which uses carbon to attract radon decay products. This is a short-term test. The second is the Alpha-Track Detector, which gives a seasonal average level of radon using a container with a filtered opening.
For more information about testing your home for radon, call 651-266-1127 or click here.