Minnesota health officials are encouraging you to test your home for radon this winter. The state Health Department’s Dan Tranter says radon occurs naturally in Minnesota soils all across Minnesota. He says 40-percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon:

“Many of us are spending more time in our home.   Many of us are working from home, schooling from home. And because radon levels tend to be higher in our homes than in our workplaces or schools our overall exposure be higher to radon if we’re spending more time at home.”

Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that occurs naturally in Minnesota soils all over the state. The only way for residents to know if their home has radon is to test. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable through testing homes and fixing radon problems.