Indoor Air Quality: Radon
WHAT IS RADON?
• Radon is a colorless odorless gas caused by the natural decay of uranium.
• Radon enters homes from the soil into your basement.
• The home creates a vacuum effect and pulls radon into the home from the soil.
• Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.
• 20,000 people die each year from lung cancer caused by radon exposure.
• Short term test kits are available to Kandiyohi County residents at no cost.
• There are no shipping costs.
• Put the test in the lowest lived in area of the home, such as the family room. Do not put it in the closet, bathroom, garage, etc.
• Do not start testing during a severe storm.
• Doors and windows should be closed 12 hours prior to testing and during testing. Regular use of doors is OK.
• Do not disturb the test once started.
• Do not set within 3ft. of exterior doors and windows, and 12 inches of an exterior wall without windows. It must be at least 20 inches off the floor and 4 inches from other objects.
• After the test is completed it must be mailed in as soon as possible.
• Read all instructions included with the test completely.
• Test results are measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L)
• 4pCi/L is the action level.
• If the results of the first test are between 4 pCi/L and 10 pCi/L do a long-term test next.
• If the results of the first test are over 10 pCi/L do another short-term test.
• If you have any questions feel free to contact Kandiyohi County Public Health at 320-231-7860.
FIXING YOUR HOME IF IT HAS ELEVATED LEVELS OF RADON
• A radon reduction (mitigation) system can be installed into your home.
• The average cost for a mitigation system is $1200, but it can range from $500 to $2400.
• A list of radon mitigation service providers can be found on Minnesota Department of Health’s webpage http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/mitigation.html
For more information regarding radon including:
• mitigation contractors,
• radon resistant new construction standards,
• real estate
• and more, visit Minnesota Department of Health: Radon: