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Radon testing kits available in Duluth

Free radon-testing kits are now available in Duluth, it was announced on Thursday. And homes that haven't been tested for radon within the past five years should be, the American Lung Association and Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership said in a new...

Free radon-testing kits are now available in Duluth, it was announced on Thursday.

And homes that haven't been tested for radon within the past five years should be, the American Lung Association and Duluth Healthy Homes Partnership said in a news release.

Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas. It is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths in the United States, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. More than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year are attributed to radon. And it's estimated that two of every five Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of the gas, the health department said.

Minnesota residents have an extra incentive to get their houses tested because of a state law that went into effect this year. The law doesn't require radon testing or mitigation. But it does require home sellers to inform buyers whether the house has been tested; what the level of radon was if it was tested; and whether mitigation, if needed, was accomplished.

A limited number of the free kits are available at the following locations:

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r The American Lung Association's office in the Ordean Building, 424 W. Superior St.

r 1Roof, 12 E. Fourth St.

r Ecolibrium3, 2304 W. Superior St.

r American Red Cross, 2524 Maple Grove Road

r Marshall Hardware, 4415 E. Superior St.

r Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center, Essentia Health First Street Building, 420 E. First St.

Radon test kits also can also be ordered online at mn.radon.com. Air Check Inc., in partnership with the health department, is offering Minnesota and surrounding area residents discounted radon test kits.

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