Radon test kits available

State offers free radon test kits

Public health organizations and lung cancer survivors are working together this month to relay a simple but potentially life-saving message to Minnesotans statewide: protect yourself and your family from lung cancer by testing your home for radon.

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that, if accumulated at high levels, can be risky.

The U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.

You're supposed to test for radon in the lowest part of your house and sometimes that may mean in your closet.

While radon comes from the decay in uranium and is found in nearly all soil types, it isn't content to stay put. The only way to measure radon risk is through testing.

Free test kits are available at the Eureka County Cooperative Extension, 701 S. Main St., Eureka. The data is from radon test results that have been monitored by the state. The Health Department has a limited supply of free radon test kits for residents. Hiring such an individual will help to ensure that the mitigation is done properly and safely according to industry standards, and the level of radon in your home is reduced below the action level.

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Testing a home is the only way to find out if there is a radon problem.

McFarland added that it's important for people to keep in mind to correctly fill out the card that comes with the kit, indicating a start date and time when the test began followed by the end date and time.

Homes with radon levels of four (4) picocuries per Liter (4 pCi/L) or higher should be fixed.

"Soil that's kind of in the Redlands is kind of a shale soil and they're usually higher levels in that type of soil versus the granite in the Mesa".

If testing shows that there is a radon problem, the homeowner will need to install a system that will prevent the radon from accumulating in the home. Perform a radon test after installing a new heating system or central air conditioning. As with many home repairs, the cost of radon mitigation varies.

Radon test kits are easy to use. If levels are elevated, the mitigation system is adjusted and the resident should test again to be sure levels are below 4.0 pCi/L. Mitigation is simply redirection of air flow. Then, seal the kit and mail it to the certified laboratory for analysis.

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