We are in our “Burn Season” or better known as “Heating Season” in MN, so we have our furnaces running which draws in the radon gas into our homes.
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that move through the ground. It is break down of Uranium in the soil into Radium which is then released into Radon gas. This gas gets drawn into our homes which can create health risks.
When inhaled, it gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lung. Long term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. In fact, over 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the US each year are from radon, making it a serious health concern for all Minnesotans.
In Simple Terms
This is not a new development, Radon has been present as long as the earth has been around. The difference now is that we are Aware of the gas and the dangers of breathing high levels of this gas. We also know how to prevent breathing high levels of this gas, so why breath high levels if you don’t have to?
Minnesota has fairly high levels of Radon due to the soil conditions here. We also have our climate which requires us to run our furnaces – this creates a negative pressure and actually draws in this natural forming gas into our homes.
When you build a new home in Minnesota, you will have radon remediation systems built into the home that is designed to capture the gas and allow it to vent outside and not into the home.
You can download a very informative Brochure from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Minnesota Department of Health also has great resources for Testing your home for Radon levels, and how do radon remediation. I recommend you read their informative website.