CWC offers free radon testing kits to residents
Crow Wing County and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend that all homes in Minnesota be tested for radon. It’s the only way to know if your home has an elevated level of radon, which can cause lung cancer. 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. MDH estimates that one in three existing Minnesota homes have radon levels that pose a large health risk over many years of exposure.
To obtain a test kit, contact the Land Services Department at 218-824-1125 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the office at 322 Laurel St., Suite 14, Brainerd.
Radon exposure is largely preventable. First, test your home to see if you have elevated radon levels. Testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes 3-5 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 final step is to encourage friends, family and coworkers to test their own homes.
For more information on radon testing and mitigation, visit www.health.state.mn.us/radon or call the MDH Indoor Air Unit at 651-201-4601 or 800-798-9050. Anyone interested in mitigating his or her home for radon should consult MDH’s list of certified radon mitigation contractors at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/mitigation.html.