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Wright County Public Health Department Offers Radon Gas-Testing Kits At Discounted Rate

Thousands of Minnesota homes have potentially harmful levels of radon gas — the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

You can't see it or smell it, but now, you can test for it in your home with a radon test kit. The Wright County Public Health Department will be offering kits at a reduced cost of $3 until the end of January, or as supplies last.

The "short-term kit" gives the quickest results possible — it has to be placed in the home for three to seven days. The results show whether there are levels of the radioactive gas, which continuously decays and releases radition. The radiation enters the body and can cause cancer.

Kits are availabe at Wright County Human Services, 1004 Commercial Drive in Buffalo. They are also available from the Wright County Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van. Residents can also mail a check to the deparment's address above for a kit to be mailed.

Radon comes from minerals in soil such as uranium and radium. This is a common problem in Minnesota as the soil in the upper Midwest has these minerals, stated a Wright County Public Health information release. In addition, a large number of Minnesota homes have high levels of radon in the indoor air becasue of how the homes are built — with basements — and how they operate in our climate.

The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that about one in three Minnesota homes has a high enough radon level to pose a health risk over a number of years of exposure.

The results of a radon test using the kit from Wright County can help homeowners determine if they need to take further action to protect themselves from the health risks of radon, the release stated.

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