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Crow Wing County offers free radioactive radon-testing kits

Crow Wing County and the Minnesota Department of Health recommend that all homes be tested for radon.

A home should be tested at least every five years.

Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil and can enter homes through cracks and openings in basement, or foundation floors and walls.

It is important to perform a radon test after buying a new heating system or adding central air conditioning. Radon is the largest environmental cancer risk and leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. In Minnesota, 2 in 5 homes have radon levels that pose a significant health risk. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable.

Free radon test kits are available at the Land Services Building at the customer service counter between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 322 Laurel St., Suite 15, in Brainerd. There is a limit of one radon kit per household.

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.

Anyone interested in mitigating their home for radon should consult the Minnesota Department of Health's list of certified radon mitigation contractors at https://bit.ly/2T89DkC.