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FIRST ALERT
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Radon Gas Test Kit
Item Dimensions LxWxH
8.38 x 6.5 x 8.38 inches

  • First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit

  • First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit

    At a Glance:
    • Easy and safe way to test for the presence of radon gas
    • Listed under the EPA Radon Gas Measurement Proficiency Program
    • Includes test materials and lab fees, excluding NJ state fees
    • Results are emailed within 72 hours of lab receipt

    Alerts You to Hidden Danger

    The First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit easily and safely allows you to check your home, work, or other spaces for dangerous radon gas. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The kit offers comprehensive instructions and includes all lab fees (except NJ state tests). This radon testing kit is an easy and inexpensive way to determine if radon is present and is ideal for disaster preparedness. It is recommended for use only within the United States.

    What's in the Box:

    • First Alert RDI Radon Gas Test Kit
    • Instruction manual

    The Easy Way to Check for Radon

    The First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit includes everything you need to check your home, business, or school for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can be found in basements, drains, crawl spaces, and other areas below ground. The EPA recommends testing for radon below the third floor of buildings. The charcoal-based radon test kit is listed under the EPA Radon Gas Measurement Proficiency Program.

    Simple Test Takes Just Minutes

    Testing for radon should only take a few minutes, and is safe and easy. Simply leave the radon sampler out in the lowest point in your home or office for two to four days. When finished, place the test in the provided envelope, apply postage, and mail it to the lab. Lab results will be emailed within 72 hours of receiving the samples.

    Includes Next Steps and Recommendations

    The radon testing kit includes information on what to do if you do have a radon problem and how to interpret the results of your test. More comprehensive testing might be required if results indicate the presence of radon. The kit also includes background information on the dangers of radon and how it might be entering your building.

    About First Alert

    For nearly 60 years, First Alert has been a leading innovator in the home safety industry, helping its customers protect what matters most. From smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to security cameras and safes, the company manufactures reliable, technologically advanced products that offer a sense of preparedness and peace of mind. First Alert also takes pride in community outreach and has maintained a longstanding commitment to fire service support and safety awareness.

    Description

    First Alert RD1 Radon Gas Test Kit.

    Product information

      Additional Information

    • ASIN: B00002N83E
    • Customer Reviews: 4.4 out of 5 stars 6,103Reviews
    • Best Sellers Rank:
      #1,038 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement)
      #1 in Gas Detectors & Alarms
    • Date First Available: June 27, 2007
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    Q: How big of an area does this kit cover? Example. in a room 30x20, would 1 kit be sufficien…

    A: I am the manufacture of this product, thank you for your question. One test kit can cover …

    Owen Reese | 7 years ago

    Q: how long does the test take? is it long term?

    A: Thank you for your question. I am the manufacturer of this product. This test is a short t…

    Owen Reese | 7 years ago

    Q: Can I have a dehumidifier running while testing with this kit in a basement?

    A: I believe your best bet would be to give First Alert a call, My inner feelings are that it…

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    Q: What is the shelf life of this product?

    A: I believe the literature packed with the product says "indefinite" -- like forever -- as l…

    Tom S. | 8 years ago

    Customer reviews

    4.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
    6,103 global ratings

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    Top reviews from the United States

    Sharon M
    1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Don''t waste your time, money or health
    Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
    I am blown away how inaccurate this test was. I tested my finished basement in August ''18 in preparation of listing my house for sale. Figuring if I needed radon mitigation, better know and take care of it prior to listing my house on the market. This test showed results... See more
    I am blown away how inaccurate this test was. I tested my finished basement in August ''18 in preparation of listing my house for sale. Figuring if I needed radon mitigation, better know and take care of it prior to listing my house on the market. This test showed results of 1.5pCi/L. WRONG! Had a professional test the radon level as part of a home inspection and my radon level is 40.6pCi/L!!!! The professional test and this First Alert test were both in the same exact location, same interior conditions and same test duration. Not sure if the First Alert test was faulty, or the "lab" they send it to a mess, but this test result was off by 2700%. Save yourself the time and hassle and have a professional test for radon, learn from my fail.
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    Jan Alter
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    It Works and is Varifiable
    Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2017
    We''ve actually used the First Alert radon test twice now. The first time was to get an initial radon amount and then a follow up test after we had someone come in and fit a radon mitigation system in the basement. The company that did the work followed up with their own lab... See more
    We''ve actually used the First Alert radon test twice now. The first time was to get an initial radon amount and then a follow up test after we had someone come in and fit a radon mitigation system in the basement. The company that did the work followed up with their own lab test from another lab company to show how much the radon had come down. Because we wanted to confirm the results (or because we are either untrustiong or simply dubious) we got another First Alert test kit and did the post test again. The results were within .1% of the company''s test so there was good verification. Incidentally The First time we tested we were showing 7.8 pcl and the second test, after mitigation, showed .7 pcl, so we were happy all around.
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    Andrew P
    1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Another No Results Given Customer
    Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2017
    Never got results. If my test didn''t work or whatever at least tell me. No reply, no nothing and I followed everything it said, FedEx said it made it there. Tried to find customer service and whatever and can''t even get a hold of them. Last time I ever go with First... See more
    Never got results. If my test didn''t work or whatever at least tell me. No reply, no nothing and I followed everything it said, FedEx said it made it there. Tried to find customer service and whatever and can''t even get a hold of them. Last time I ever go with First Alert. Don''t buy.
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    RGZ
    1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Because of unclear instructions, we didn''t have the date ...
    Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2018
    Because of unclear instructions, we didn''t have the date we collected air. They weren''t able to test. Money paide plus $20+ for express. Purchased it again. This time filled up everything correctly. They tested but stated that bag wasn''t sealed. It was. Getting another... See more
    Because of unclear instructions, we didn''t have the date we collected air. They weren''t able to test. Money paide plus $20+ for express.
    Purchased it again. This time filled up everything correctly. They tested but stated that bag wasn''t sealed. It was. Getting another kit thru local university.
    Wasted too much on this particular test.
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    CookieMonster
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Yep, it''s a radon test.
    Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2017
    This is the kit you''re looking for. Its the canister style, and you leave it out in the area for 48 hours, then send it back to the lab in a prepaid envelope. Very easy. If you hire an inspector to do this same test, it''ll cost you $150+. If you get the kit that looks like... See more
    This is the kit you''re looking for. Its the canister style, and you leave it out in the area for 48 hours, then send it back to the lab in a prepaid envelope. Very easy. If you hire an inspector to do this same test, it''ll cost you $150+. If you get the kit that looks like this at the hardware store, it costs $10, but there''s a $20-40 fee for the report. With this one it''s all included for about $12, although it takes 2 days to run the test and then a week to get the results. They do have an expedited option (addl cost) if you''re doing due diligence on a home purchase, but it''ll still take 2 days to run and then 2 more days for results. This worked great for us, though.
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    Erik S.
    4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Easy to use but plan on about $6 for shipping
    Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2017
    If you''re reading the reviews, you already know that you''ll need to mail the test it out to get the results. I sent mine via USPS flat rate for ~$6. I recommend filling out the form online rather than using the enclosed paperwork, it''s much easier. I found the process super... See more
    If you''re reading the reviews, you already know that you''ll need to mail the test it out to get the results. I sent mine via USPS flat rate for ~$6. I recommend filling out the form online rather than using the enclosed paperwork, it''s much easier. I found the process super easy and was emailed the results in less than a week. It''d be a lot easier if the kit included a prepaid return envelope and just added the cost to the purchase price.
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    RJW
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Thumbs up for fast service! Very helpful product.
    Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2018
    Very pleased with this test kit: reasonable price, easy to use, no testing fees, and quick service on the test results. I did two tests about 2 weeks apart (here in Central PA.). The first test was without an operating radon exhaust system (bad fan motor) and they reported... See more
    Very pleased with this test kit: reasonable price, easy to use, no testing fees, and quick service on the test results. I did two tests about 2 weeks apart (here in Central PA.). The first test was without an operating radon exhaust system (bad fan motor) and they reported 20.9 pCi/L (Wow!). Then I replaced the fan, started the exhaust system, and after 2 weeks ran another test with results of 0.6 pCI/L. So we''re good to go... and we''ll keep the new radon exhaust fan running at all times.
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    Dangs
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Very satisfied with this product
    Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2013
    Chances are if you are reading reviews for a carbon-based Radon test kit, you already have a general idea of how they work and what they test for. This test kit comes in a small box, it contains a sealed tray of a charcoal-like substance that you sit in the spot where you... See more
    Chances are if you are reading reviews for a carbon-based Radon test kit, you already have a general idea of how they work and what they test for. This test kit comes in a small box, it contains a sealed tray of a charcoal-like substance that you sit in the spot where you want to run the test for 48-72 hours. After that time, you put the kit back into the included envelope along with a completed information card, seal it up, and mail it away for testing to a lab. Simple enough.

    To sum it all up, I was very satisfied with this product from start to finish. Here is my review, focusing on a few key areas that I feel need to be addressed based on reading the product information and other customer reviews:

    Ease of Use:
    I found this kit to be as simple to use as it could possibly have been. The only contents of the box are exactly what is necessary. The instructions are short, but thorough enough that they provide you with everything needed to maximize your chances of a successful and accurate test. It goes over the basics of how to use the kit, recommended places to place it, conditions your house needs to be in, etc. Once you''ve run it for 48-72 hours, you just record the necessary information on the info card, drop it in the envelope, and off it goes to the lab.

    Hidden/Additional Fees:
    The price of this kit includes the lab analysis and results reporting, so there are no "hidden" fees. However, the kit gives you the option to pay an additional $10 for "rush processing". I did not opt for this, so I can''t comment on how much faster the results would have been, but I assume this would be useful for things like real estate transactions. This test was only for my own information in a house I already own, so speed of results wasn''t a top priority for me. The only other potential "hidden" fee is the cost of postage to return the kit. The return envelope states that you must attached 5 first-class postage stamps. So that''s a little over $2 of postage required to send the kit in for testing. Not going to break the bank, but I felt it was worth mentioning.

    Speed of Receiving Results:
    This is the main area I wanted to focus my review on. There are many other reviews that are complaining about how they sent away their kit and never heard back again, or had a very difficult time interfacing with the lab to get their final results. Like I mentioned above, I sent my kit back without opting for the rush processing service. My test finished on Sunday, January 13th. It was sealed in an envelope and dropped in the mail on the morning of Monday, January 14th. Standard first-class mail. I received my results back in the form of an email with a PDF attachment today, Monday January 21st. Seven days total for results, including the time it spent going from Maryland to Texas in the mail! I couldn''t believe it when I received the email. Many others complained of it taking 2-4 weeks to get results, or never hearing back at all. I can only speak for my one experience, but I was extremely satisfied with the speed.

    Accuracy of Results:
    I chose to use this carbon-based test kit as a supplement to another kit I had purchased, the Safety Siren Pro Series HS71512 3 Radon Gas Detector . The Safety Siren Pro kit is significantly more expensive, but gives a short term (2 day average) reading as well as a long term (7 day average) reading. I placed both a few feet apart when I ran the test. My Safety Siren digital reader showed a result of .8 pci average over a 7 day test, and the results I received back from this First Alert test kit had a reading of .7 pci. This is extremely close, and made me feel confident that both kits are likely to be accurate.

    All in all, I rate this product a full five stars based on my experience, and I would have no issue recommending this kit to anyone else looking for a short term radon reading. Follow the simple directions, and you''ll be satisfied.
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    Josh
    1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Not for the UK!
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2014
    You are buying a charcoal kit, return envelope, and lab analysis of the charcoal. Unfortunately the envelope and lab forms in this kit are only for a Texas lab. Shouldn''t be for sale outside the USA as posting it by air mail etc is not included in the price and will most...See more
    You are buying a charcoal kit, return envelope, and lab analysis of the charcoal. Unfortunately the envelope and lab forms in this kit are only for a Texas lab. Shouldn''t be for sale outside the USA as posting it by air mail etc is not included in the price and will most likely ruin the test results anyway.
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    Murray Bell
    1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    No lab results.
    Reviewed in Canada on April 26, 2021
    Did not get a response from the lab in 4 months.
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