Date Published: 01/09/2007 [Source]
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and about 1 in 3 Minnesota homes contain potentially harmful levels of the gas. But you can't see it or smell it, so the only way to know for sure is to test for it, say Minnesota health officials.
"January is an ideal time to test for radon," said Minnesota Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). "It's the start of a new year, a time when many of us typically perform a variety of indoor home maintenance and assessment tasks, such as replacing smoke alarm batteries. If you've never done it before, radon testing should be one of those tasks this year.