It’s National Radon Action Month

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RBC | Colorado has a radon problem — 50% of Colorado homes have unhealthy radon levels compared with 6% of homes across the rest of the nation.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless gas that decays into radioactive particles and increases the risk of lung cancer for those living with radon trapped inside their homes. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the U.S., and is responsible for as many as 500 lung cancer deaths every year in Colorado.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in homes can help prevent unnecessary exposure. There are ways to mitigate high levels of radon in homes, schools and other buildings.

FAST FACTS: RADON

Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that is colorless, flavorless and odorless.

It decays into radioactive particles and can increase the risk of lung cancer.

50% of homes in Colorado have unhealthy radon levels.

Free test kits are available through RBC Public Health offices at 200 Main St. in Meeker or 209 E. Main St. in Rangely and can be picked up during regular office hours.

January is National Radon Action Month. Free short term and long term radon testing kits are available for Rio Blanco County residents through the RBC Public Health offices in Meeker (200 Main St.) and Rangely (209 E. Main St.) and can be picked up during regular office hours at either location. The kit and associated testing are free of charge. A voucher must be filled out at the time that you receive the kit.

If you have questions or concerns involving radon, radon testing or radon mitigation, call Rio Blanco County Public Health at 970-878-9520 for more information.

By NIKI TURNER | editor@ht1885.com