Jefferson County Public Health encourages all residents to have their homes tested for radon gas, a naturally occurring gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans and 500 Coloradans each year.
Elevated levels of radon have been found in homes all across the country. In Colorado, all 64 counties are at risk for radon. Due to the gas’s unpredictable nature, two houses right next to each other may have very different radon levels. Testing is the only way to know for certain if you and your loved ones are at risk.
January is an excellent time to test your home. Testing requires all windows and doors be closed, but is simple to do. Residents in Jefferson and Gilpin counties can now pick up a free testing kit while supplies last and on a first come, first serve basis at Jefferson County Public Health Environmental Health Services. Visit us at 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood. When new kits are ordered, residents will be able to purchase short-term test kits for $10.00. Long-term test kits are also available at local hardware stores, supermarkets and other retail outlets.
For more information on radon, radon testing, and radon mitigation call 1-800-846-3986 or JCPH Environmental Specialist
John Moody at 303-271-5714.
- Jefferson County Public Health website – jeffco.us/public-health
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Environmental Protection Agency website - www.epa.gov/radon/nram/