The city of Minneapolis is giving away 250 radon test kits this Tuesday, while supplies last. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the first cause among nonsmokers. More than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year in the U.S.
The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes has radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure. Radon exposure, however, is preventable, and radon problems in homes can be fixed. The first step is to test for radon at home.
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MINNEAPOLIS RADON TEST KIT GIVEAWAY
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15
Minneapolis Development Review, 250 S. Fourth St., Room 300, Minneapolis
(one per household, while supplies last)
The test kits are easy to use, and postage and testing instructions are included in the kit. The giveaway test kits are donated by the Minnesota Department of Health.
For homes that are found to have a certain level radon, there may be assistance available to reduce the gas within the home. Income qualified home owners of properties in Minneapolis with a reading of 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L, or higher might qualify for grant services to assist with the installation of a radon reduction system.
For more information on high levels of radon and radon grant services, please contact:
Eliza M Schell, Healthy Homes Grant Manager
250 S 4th Street, Room 414, Minneapolis MN 55415