Healthy Homes

Most people spend at least half their day inside their home. Because we spend so much time at home, it needs to be a safe environment to eat, play, and raise our families. Unfortunately, our homes can sometimes make us sick.

A healthy home is designed, built, and maintained to support our health. Learn how to make your home the safest and healthiest place for you and your family.


Radon

Radon is a naturally occuring, invisible, odorless gas that comes from the soil. Radon gas is common throughout Minnesota, and can enter a home anywhere there is an opening between the home and the soil. Long termm exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause in smokers. 

Test for radon 


A radon test is the only way to find out how much radon is in your home. Short term radon test kits are available to Washington County residents at no cost. Radon test kits can be picked up from the following locations during operating hours: 

For more information about radon testing and mitigation, see the Minnesota Department of Health's Radon page


Food and Water


  • If you live on a private well, test your water annually. See the county’s water testing page for more information.
  • Visit Food Safety for more detailed information on food preparation, storage and cleanliness.
  • Learn more about foodborne illness from FightBac.org.

Pests


Chemical Safety


If you have questions about healthy homes topics, please call our department at 651-430-6655.