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Radon is Big Health Risk for Minnesotans

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (2/5/19)

Ada, MN -- The Minnesota Department of Health is concerned about an odorless and invisible gas called Radon that is prevalent in dangerous amounts in many homes across the state. About 40% of all homes in Minnesota contain elevated amounts of Radon, which is one of the leading causes of lung cancer across the nation. Dan Tranter with the Minnesota Department of Health talks more about radon and how it gets into our homes.

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Tests have indicated that a higher percentage of homes, around 50-60%, in northwestern Minnesota have dangerous amounts of radon. Locally, Norman County has tested 13 properties with 53% of them having elevated amounts of radon. Just 8 properties have been tested in Mahnomen County, but 60% of them had elevated amounts of radon. Polk and Clay Counties had a much higher number of tests completed, but they both had more than 60% of tested homes with elevated radon levels. Tranter says no home is safe from exposure to radon. New or old, every home should be tested.

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Testing for Radon is quite easy and most of the time can be done for little or no cost. Tranter talks about the simple process for testing your home for Radon.

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Norman-Mahnomen Public Health has free tests kits available. For more information, give them a call at 784-5425 or 935-2527.