January is National Radon Action Month
Radon is a serious public health issue in Minnesota, where two in five homes tested have radon levels that are a major health risk. Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that can seep up from the soil surrounding homes. The gas can come through pores, cracks and floor-wall joints in your home. Winter home heating systems tend to draw in radon gas from the soil, increasing radon levels inside the home during this time of year.
When inhaled, radon gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lung. Over time, if allowed to accumulate, these radioactive particles can increase the risk of lung cancer.
The only way to know if you have radon is to test your home. Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health’s Environmental Health Division offers a $2 radon test kit so you can protect your family from this harmful gas. Call the Environmental Health office at 651-266-1199 for more information.