January: Radon Action Month

Posted at: 01/07/2013 10:44 AM
Updated at: 01/07/2013 2:05 PM
By: Brittany Falkers

Every 25 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer, but fortunately the risk is largely preventable, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas, MDH says.  Now, state health officials say every home should be tested.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is emphasizing the importance of getting your home tested by declaring January "Radon Action Month."  It's a combined effort of more than 40 local public health agencies around the state along with MDH to make more than 8,000 radon test kits available to local residents at low or no cost.

To find out where to pick up your own radon test kit visit your local public health agency or CLICK HERE for a list of participating health agencies.

Throughout January and February folks in Duluth may even spot new eye-catching ads in the skywalk systems to get folks attention about radon. 

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year.  However, radon exposure is a preventable treat, according to MDH.

Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so the only way to know if your home has radon is to test.  Testing can be easy, inexpensive and takes just 3-5 days.  Most test kits are under $20, according to MDH.  You can also get discounted kits online at www.radon.com.