Healthy Homes

Most people spend at least half their day inside their home. With so much time spent 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 is a naturally occurring, 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 term exposure to radon is he nation's second leading cause of lung cancer. The Minnesota Department of Health recommends every home be tested for radon.

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


Chemical Safety

If you have questions about healthy homes topics, call 651-430-6655.