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Radon specialist: Winter is a good time to test your home

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) –  Experts call it a “silent killer,” and people in Rochester are learning more about how to protect themselves from the threat of radon.

Redeemer Lutheran Church’s “Elderberries” group for people over 50 hosted a radon specialist Tuesday.

Dan Hylland from the Minnesota Department of Health addressed the importance of detecting radon in the home, which can cause lung cancer.

He also demonstrated different kinds of testing kits and talked about how to lower radon levels if needed.

Hylland took an interest in the field over a decade ago, when his own father was diagnosed with lung cancer and high radon levels were later found in his home.

He says there is an advantage to testing this time of year.

“Radon can be highest in the wintertime. Right now is a great time to get your worst-case scenario because your house is closed up,” Hylland said. “You’re really having the highest likelihood of having high levels. Now in the summer it might be lower so if you average those highs and lows you can get a better average.”

Hylland is giving another presentation on radon testing Monday, February 18th at 7 p.m.

The talk will be in Redeemer Lutheran Church’s South Fellowship Hall.

It’s free to attend but you’re asked to register through the church’s office at 507-289-5147, or through Parish Nurse Kathy Zarling at kathleenkzarling@gmail.com or 507-398-7036.

Erin O'Brien

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