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Minnesota is a hotbed for radioactive gas radon | StarTribune.com


  • Minnesota is a hotbed for radioactive gas radon | StarTribune.com.
  • Here’s a news story from Star Tribune about how prevalent Radon Gas is in Minnesota. It’s incredibly easy to test your home yourself to find out if you have a problem with radon. I tested my home last year with a First Alert test kit that I got from our hardware store. The test kit includes instructions that were very easy to follow. I placed my tester out in a specific spot based off of the instructions and sealed it up 24 hours later. I received my test results after 2 1/2 weeks that indicated that I had low levels of Radon present.

    Gas Leak detector Radon Test kit First Alert Easy radon test Cheap economical hardware store mail in EPA listed Lab test included

    First Alert Radon Test Kit Available from LeVahn Brothers Plumbing and Hardware

My levels were low enough that I didn’t need to do anything. It gave me peace of mind to know that I wasn’t poisoning my kids, wife or myself with radon in my home. I highly recommend getting a test or having your home professionally tested if you have serious worries and want more immediate results.

If you are wondering if the neighborhood that you live in is a hot bed for radon the Star Tribune has a page that allows you to enter your zip code and it will let you know how many cases of radon have been reported in that area.  It will also tell you how that compares to the national average. According to the Star Tribune Minnesota has some of the highest radon concentrations in the country. I entered the Zip code of where the hardware store is located and it indicated that in Maple Grove 55369 just over 34% of the homes tested had unsafe levels of radon present. In Maple Grove 55311 27% of homes tested had unsafe levels. Plymouth Zip code 55442 also was above 27%.  Plymouth 55441 had over 41% of homes tested above unsafe levels of radon.  Here’s the link to that web page if you want to check out your neighborhood:

http://www.startribune.com/local/190270511.html

 

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Radioactive gas a Minnesota health risk | StarTribune.com


Every 25 minutes, a person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. But the risk is largely preventable.

More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas, and state health officials say every home should be tested. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared January “Radon Action Month” in Minnesota. Public health agencies and the Minnesota Department of Health are giving 8,000 radon test kits to residents at low or no cost. Find info on the MDH website.

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year. Radon reduction systems can be installed in homes.

Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, so the only way for homeowners to know if their home has radon is to test. Most test kits are priced under $20 and available at city and county health departments, many hardware stores, or directly from radon testing laboratories. Discounted test kits can also be purchased online at http://www.radon.com.

via Radioactive gas a Minnesota health risk | StarTribune.com.

If you want to purchase a kit today you can buy them at LeVahn Bros Hardware and Plumbing in Maple Grove. We carry the First Alert Radon test kits ($17.99). They are very easy to use. The kits cost also includes the lab testing and the cost of shipping the test materials. I tested my house last year shortly after we moved in and got my results back in about 3 weeks. We did not have dangerous levels of radon but doing the test gave me peace of mind about my house.

First Alert Radon Test Kit

First Alert Radon Test Kit

 

 

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