When Was the Last Time you Checked for Radon?

The number 2 cause of lung cancer is radon. According to the EPA, North Dakota has very high levels of the carcinogen. North Dakota's high radon levels are something every home owner or buyer should consider.

Oyvind Birkenes; CEO of Airthings: "Six times more people die of lung cancer because of radon than people that get poisened by carbon monoxide or house fires combines."

Oyvind Birkenes is the CEO of Airthings, a long term radon detection device company.

Oyvind Birkenes; CEO of Airthings: "Radon levels fluctuate significantly over time. It's really important to read it and see it over a long term that you're safe with your radon levels. It's a real issue. There's no way you can know about it if you don't monitor for it."

For those looking to buy a home, if you opt to pay for the radon testing, if mitigation is needed...

Nikki Strand; Goldstone Realty: "That's usually a cost that falls on the seller."

The North Dakota Department of Health offers free at-home radon testing kits. All you have to do is email jotto@nd.gov. Once you send it in, you'll find out if your home has high radon levels.

While you can do it yourself, the health department does recommend getting it done professionally if you're looking to buy a home.

Nikki Strand; Goldstone Realty: "About 67% of homes in Bismarck have come up with a higher reading"

Justin Otto; DOH Radon Coordinator: "We always recommend, every three years testing your home. That way you know if your radon levels have changed."

2 out of 3 North Dakota homes test unsafe for radon levels. 

For a link to inspectors and mitigators, click here.

For a link to Airthings, the long term radon monitoring company, click here.

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