ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has declared this “Radon Action Month” in Minnesota, and the state is encouraging residents to get their homes tested.
More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon, an odorless, colorless but radioactive gas. The Minnesota Department of Health says one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer every 25 minutes. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but health officials say the risk is largely preventable.READ MORE: Southern Minnesota Man Gets Life In Prison For Child Pornography, Sexually Exploiting Teenage Girl
Over 40 local public health agencies around the state have partnered with the Health Department to make over 8,000 radon test kits available to residents at low or no cost.READ MORE: Jasmine Powell Leaves Gophers, Set To Enter NCAA Transfer Portal
For more information on radon testing and mitigation visit www.health.state.mn.us/radon or call the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 1-800-798-9050.
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