Healthy Homes for Family Child Care

The Minnesota Department of Health is offering a healthy homes education project for in-home family child care providers. The goal of the project is to promote an integrated approach to reducing exposure to potential hazards in homes that also function as child care settings.

Four Steps to Follow

Step 1: Healthy Homes Education

Learn more about the hazards in your home. Your home can potentially have many hazards to your health, from the materials of your home and how your home is operated. Learning about the potential hazards is the first step in identifying ways to make your home healthier. Follow Step 2 to find out what hazards are in your home and to receive a free radon test kit.

Step 2: Online Home Assessment with Customized Action Plan

Use our online assessment tool to inspect your own home for the most common hazards. Once you have completed the assessment, a customized action plan will be generated and emailed to you. Also, a radon test kit will be mailed to you so you can check your home for radon. To use the online assessment tool, follow this link and register as a new user:

image from login screen reminding you to choose the Register as a new user option

Step 3: Test for Radon

Radon testing is the first step to determine if your family is being exposed to high levels of radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. To learn more about radon, or to test your home, see:

Step 4: Reduce Radon Exposure

If your test result was below 2 pCi/L(picocuries per liter):
  • Your levels are safe and you do not need to conduct another test now, but you should retest within 5 years.
If your test result was 2 to 8 pCi/L:
  • Conduct a long-term test. This is usually done over 3 months to a year.
If your test result comes back above 8 pCi/L:
  • Conduct a short-term test. This is usually done over 3 to 7 days.

If the second test result is at 4.0 pCi/L or above then you should mitigate your home.

For information about purchasing a second test kit go to:
Radon Test Kits

For hiring a radon mitigator go to:
Radon Contractors/Mitigation Service Providers

Updated Monday, September 15, 2014 at 09:28AM