January is National Radon Action Month. In an effort to increase awareness of the serious health threat the naturally occurring gas can create, and help residents protect themselves, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is giving away 1,200 free radon test kits this month (while supplies last).
Residents can sign up to receive one free test kit per address. Due to production delays, the kits will be mailed and should arrive in April. In addition to the free test kit, residents who act quickly sending their kits in to be tested and receiving results by the first week of May, will be entered in a drawing for gift cards ranging from $10 - $25. As a reminder, JCPH wants residents to know that delays in returning the kits can cause them to be invalid, so they recommend using expedited shipping to return them.
Tracey Volkman, Senior Environmental Health Specialist at JCPH, said Colorado’s geology creates a risk in both old and new homes for the dangerous, radioactive gas, and JCPH was proud to offer the testing program once again in 2022.
“Our residents have shown us that testing for radon is a priority for them, and we know that there are significant health benefits to testing for and mitigating against radon in our community,” Volkman said.
According to a JCPH press release about the free test kits, you cannot smell, taste or see radon. It said people are exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that enters homes and other buildings through cracks and gaps in foundations. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and a top environmental cause of cancer nationwide. In Jefferson County, more than half of homes tested have high levels of radon.
“By testing, you can know if you need to take steps to make your home safer for you and your family,” she said. “If we can find the places radon is getting trapped indoors, we can mitigate it and lessen the negative health effects it has on our community. That’s a win for us all.”
In the event your home test positive for high radon levels, there are several companies in the metro area that specialize in radon mitigation.
To sign up to receive your kit, please visit jeffco.us/2337/Radon and click on “request a radon kit to test your home.”
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