Daniel Tranter with the Minnesota Department of Health.

With area homes keeping windows and doors closed against the blistering cold, levels of radon gas tend to increase during the winter months in Minnesota. Daniel Tranter, Supervisor of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Indoor Air Unit, told KMRS that the gas, which is found in our soil, can damage lung cells and is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Tranter said over 40 percent of Minnesota homes have high levels of radon, but only about 1 percent of homeowners have their properties tested for the invisible gas. January is Radon Action Month. Information about radon testing and how to find someone to reduce levels of radon in your home can be found at mn.gov/radon. Testing kits and brochures are also available at the Stevens County HRA office in Morris.

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