Radon Awareness Month

By robb, January 21, 2014 11:01 am

Radon was one of 20 environmental/health concerns identified by community members during the Hiawatha CARE Project process.  In our conversations, we found that people had heard about radon, but many did not know much about it.

Radon has no smell or taste and is invisible.  Yet, it could be present at a dangerous level in the home.  It is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers and causes the death of about 21,000 Americans each year (US EPA).

More than 1/3 of homes in Hennepin County have elevated levels of radon.  Radon concentrations vary from home to home and can be found in buildings of all ages.

January is Radon Awareness month. Go to Hennepin County’s webpage to learn more about radon and to get information on radon test kits.  Also, check out our Radon Fact Sheet or go to the EPA’s web page for additional information.

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