1/27/17 03:33PM

Buying or selling a house in Colorado? Test your home for Radon

Many homes in Colorado have high levels of radon, an invisible radioactive gas that can cause cancer. Tri-County Health Department can help you test your home for free!

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment, can cause cancer and silently occupies many Colorado homes. Although there is no safe level of radon, a simple, inexpensive test will tell you if the home you live in or are intending to buy needs to be fixed. It is easy to test your home and radon levels can be reduced with a radon reduction system.

Steven Chevalier, Environmental Health Manager at Tri-County Health Department recently bought a house. During the home inspection process, a radon test was done that came in with an average of 6.4 pCi/L. The EPA and Surgeon General recommend fixing homes that have levels at or above 4pCi/L. Living in a home with the average radon level of 6.4 pCi/L for a year is like having more than 200 chest x-rays every year. That’s more than 3 chest x-rays per week, per person, per year, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

“Investing in a radon mitigation system for $850 is a small price to pay for the health of our family,” Chevalier said. The average price of a radon mitigation system in Colorado is $1,200.

Long-term residential radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the general population, behind cigarette smoking. In Colorado, approximately 500 people die annually from radon-induced lung cancer. In Arapahoe County, 44.4 percent of household radon tests were above the recommended EPA action limit of 4 pCi/L. In Adams County that rate was 24.2 percent and 39.6 percent in Douglas County.

To help our residents live healthy lives, Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment is offering a coupon for a free radon test kit at four of our locations.

Get a coupon for a free test kit. Quantities are limited. Call first to reserve yours or to see if test kits are still available.

Administration/Greenwood Village: 6162 South Willow Drive 720-200-1670

Aurora: 15400 E. 14th Place 303-363-3055

Castle Rock: 4400 Castleton Court 303-663-7650

Commerce City: 4201 E. 72nd Ave. 303-288-6816

Or email us with your name and mailing address: radon@tchd.org

Colorado residents only. Limit one per household. While supplies last. For more information about radon and how you can fix the problem, visit our website at www.tchd.org

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