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Crow Wing County to offer free radon testing kits

Crow Wing County Land Services will offer free radon testing kits as part of National Radon Action Month. The county and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend that all homes in Minnesota be tested for radon. Radon is an odorless, col...

Crow Wing County Land Services will offer free radon testing kits as part of National Radon Action Month.

The county and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend that all homes in Minnesota be tested for radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in Minnesota soils and can enter homes through cracks and openings in basement or foundation floors and walls. Elevated levels of radon can cause lung cancer.

MDH estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and more than 21,000 deaths are attributed to radon each year.

Testing is easy, inexpensive and takes three to five days. In homes with levels over 4.0 pCi/L, homeowners should consider verification testing and possibly installing a mitigation system, which will remove radon from your home.

The Minnesota Radon Awareness Act that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, now requires disclosure and information be provided to buyers about radon during Minnesota home sales. The law requires sellers to inform buyers whether their home has been tested for radon and if so, what the levels are and whether the home has been mitigated for radon. In addition, sellers must provide a warning statement and a two-page publication to the buyer. Radon tests can be incorporated into a home inspection. The law does not require radon testing or mitigation.

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For more information on radon visit www.health.state.mn.us/radon or call the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 1-800-798-9050. Anyone interested in mitigating his or her home for radon should consult the MDH's list of certified radon mitigation contractors at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/mitigation.html .

To obtain a test kit, contact land services at 824-1125 or email environmental.services@crowwing.us .

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