Remember when you were very young and it was easy to believe in things you couldn’t see, like the Tooth Fairy? The Tooth Fairy was so cool, giving you money for something you no longer needed. And even when the day came that your baby teeth or your belief were no more, the Tooth Fairy didn’t get mad at being ignored. Good ol’ TF was never bad or harmful.
Many adults don’t believe radon exists because it’s as invisible as the Tooth Fairy. Radon is also tasteless, odorless, and causes no immediate side effects. But it’s a quiet killer that attacks you at home, causing lung cancer. I highly recommend reading the Minnesota Department of Health’s brochure “Keeping Your Home Safe from Radon.” It covers what you need to know in user-friendly text and pictures.
One in three Minnesota homes have dangerously high radon levels. And the Twin Cities metro area falls within the highest risk zone. The good news is that radon testing kits are cheap, easy to use, and can be bought on-line or at hardware stores. If high levels are detected, there are relatively inexpensive ways to lower them.
Finally, savy home buyers increasingly request that sellers provide radon test results as part of the negotiations. If you are trying to sell your home, get it tested now. And if you plan to stay put, test it now to protect yourself. With radon – what you can’t see can hurt you.