January 2018 Proclaimed as 'Radon Action Month' in Longmont

State offers free radon test kits

Prolonged exposure to radon is responsible for 505 deaths annually in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

St. Mary's Regional Cancer Center is providing free radon test kits to homeowners who are wanting to test their home for the radioactive gas. All they do is simply peel off the label, you set it about over 20 inches off the ground in your lowest livable level of your home.

Lustik says one in four homes in Jefferson County will test positive for radon gas.

There's something invisible in your home that could place you and your family at risk for lung cancer, and you may not even know it.

Testing should be done in the lowest lived in level of a home.

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most soil and can cause lung cancer. As radon decays, solid particles are released, easily breathed in and deposited in the lungs.

Everyone should take radon seriously because it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and claims the life of almost 21,000 Americans a year. If the follow-up tests confirm elevated radon concentrations, then radon mitigation is recommended. Knowing that there is a high probability of a unsafe agent lurking in your house, of all the initiatives you plan to undertake to promote improved health in your household, don't you think identifying Radon contamination in your home should be first on that list?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers a harmful level of radon gas, known as the indoor radon gas "action limit", to be an indoor radon concentration meeting or exceeding 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter).

The answer and effort is simple: test your home.

There are areas in our community that have significantly high radon levels, and many homes have not been tested. Options for remediation of radon in the home are available at the CDPH Indoor Radon Program.

For more information on radon testing, visit www.coloradoradon.info, where you can find a list of contractors certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program to install radon mitigation systems.

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