St. Luke's Aiming to Educate about Radon Testing

Updated: May 08, 2019 09:05 AM

"The state of Minnesota has radon levels three times higher than the rest of the United States." 

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According to St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center Clinic Manager Stacy Annear, that's equal to around two in five homes.

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is known to cause cancer. In addition, research shows it's the leading cause of cancer for people who don't smoke.

This is why St. Luke's is teaming up with Minnesota's Department of Health and the American Cancer Society to educate people on how to test for radon in homes. 

The hospital is giving out free testing kits at a radon awareness event on Thursday, May 9. Annear explains the kit needs to be hung for three to seven days in the lowest level of a home that's used for at least 10 hours. 

"It's going to take in the readings of your radon levels," she says. "You want to make sure your windows are closed and there's not any air flow going through."

After the testing period is done, the kit can be sent back to the company who made it. They will have recommendations based on the results.

Also at the event, officials from the department of health will be there to give more information about radon. It from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the hospital lobby. Kits will be given out while supplies last. 

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