You can’t see, smell or taste radon in your home. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there, according to Dr. Jon Cole of the Minnesota Poison Control System. “You have no symptoms while it’s happening, and then later on, eventually you … develop lung cancer,” Cole said. Radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S.
Drive down any residential block in Minnesota and the hidden risk of radon is there. That’s because according to state health experts, 40 percent of all homes have radon levels above the danger threshold.
The EPA now considers poor indoor air quality to be a top risk to public health.
Nearly a third of all Minnesota homes have potentially dangerous levels of radon.
The City of Minneapolis wants to help you find out if there are dangerous levels of radon in your house.
Gov. Mark Dayton has declared this “Radon Action Month” in Minnesota, and the state is encouraging residents to get their homes tested.
The Minnesota Department of Health is reminding residents to test their homes for dangerous radon gas during January, which has been designated Radon Action Month.