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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Radon - Test Kits Available

The City gave away more than 250 radon test kits to Minneapolis residents on October 29th. We're now offering the same kits for sale for $9 at Minneapolis Development Review, 250 S Fourth St., Room 300.

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 is preventable, and radon problems in homes can be fixed. The first step is to test for radon at home. Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that can only be found by testing.

I'm glad to see the City taking this major public health threat seriously. Minneapolis residents face an elevated risk of preventable disease and death, and the City needs to do more to publicize the threat, give homeowners the information and tools they need to combat it, and ensure that the large population of Minneapolis renters have some protection from it as well.


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