Officials Want Homes Tested For Radon

Officials Want Homes Tested For Radon Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - Officials are encouraging everyone to test their home for a deadly gas that kills 21,000 Americans a year.

January is Radon Action Awareness Month.

Dan Tranter, Indoor Air Supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Health, explains how radon can kill and where it comes from.

"Radon causes lung cancer, it's a naturally according soil gas, it floats around in our soil, makes its way up to the surface, gets drawn into our buildings, including our homes, and it can build up to high levels."

He says the radioactive, colorless and odorless gas is at a dangerous level in about 40-percent of homes in the St. Cloud Metro area.

Tranter says there's only one way to find out if your family is at risk.

"We really want every home to test whether you have a new home, old home, drafty home, tight home, regardless of soil type any home in Minnesota has the potential to have elevated radon."

Test kits can be purchased from county health offices and from hardware stores.

Experts say now's the best time to test your home because levels inside buildings go up in the winter because homes are closed up and the heat is running.

If your levels are higher than recommended you can install a radon mitigation system.

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