In Colorado, about 50 percent of homes have unhealthy radon levels; that's equivalent to every person in the home having 200 chest X-rays every year. This compares with only 6 percent of homes having unhealthy radon levels across the rest of the country. Take action this January during National Radon Action Month by testing your home for radon.
Winter is a great time to test for radon because homes are closed up, and short-term testing can be done easily. Testing is simple and inexpensive, and when problems are discovered, they're easier to fix than you'd think. Free test kits are available at local public health departments in counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Mineral, Ouray and San Miguel.
Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible gas that decays into radioactive particles, which increase the risk of lung cancer for those living with radon trapped inside their homes. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancers combined. Radon exposure causes over 500 lung cancer deaths every year in Colorado.
For more information about radon and testing, call Delta County Health Department at 970-874-2165.
Environmental Health Director
Delta County Health Department