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January is National Radon Action Month

Have you tested your home for radon in the past 5 years? If the answer is no, then the Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership highly recommends testing this month. "People need to be aware that radon can be a problem. Once you are aware your house has ...

 

Have you tested your home for radon in the past 5 years? If the answer is no, then the Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership highly recommends testing this month.

“People need to be aware that radon can be a problem. Once you are aware your house has radon, fixing it is not a daunting task - it can be as simple as filling cracks in the pipes and walls,” said Rachel Loeffler-Kemp, of Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership, which consists of the city of Duluth, the Duluth Public Housing Authority, the American Lung Association, the St. Louis County Public Health Department and other agencies.
Radon kills more than 21,000 people in the United States every year. It is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas. Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soil, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
“If you look at a map of the state of Minnesota, created by the Minnesota Department of Health, you will see that the whole state has high
levels of radon,” said Loeffler-Kemp.
Long-term exposure to radon causes lung cancer, even in those who have never smoked. In fact, according to the MDH, radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer (after tobacco) in smokers. However, the risk should be preventable through awareness and testing.
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared January “Radon Action Month” in Minnesota.
“The only way to know if your home is exposed to radon is to test for it. Winter is a good time to test because that’s when the house is mostly sealed up, so you get an accurate reading of the radon levels,” said Pat McKone, of Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership.
The partnership, working with the Minnesota Department of Health, is asking residents who have not tested their homes in the past five years to test for radon.
A limited number of free radon test kits are available at the following locations:
• American Lung Association - Ordean Building, Downtown
• 1Roof Housing - Central Hillside
• Ecolibrium3 - Lincoln Park
• American Red Cross - Miller Hill Mall Area
• Marshall Hardware - Lakeside Lester Park
• Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center - First Street Building, Essentia Health.
Radon test kits can also be ordered online at www.mn.radon.com , where Air Chek Inc., in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, is offering Minnesota and surrounding area residents radon test kits at a discount.
For more information on Housing Resource Connection’s Healthy Homes
Duluth, visit http://www . housingresourceconnection.org/services/healthy-homes.php.

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