Protect Your Home and Family from Radon Exposure
January is National Radon Action Month
At their meeting on December 18, Elbert County Commissioners recognized January 2020 as National Radon Action Month in order to call attention to the dangers of radon.
Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium found in most soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air and enters homes through cracks and other holes in the foundation. It can cause lung cancer – in fact, radon is a leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the U.S.
The Colorado Rocky Mountain Region is in Zone 1, an area with the highest radon potential by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Colorado residential radon data has shown 50% of Colorado homes tested as being at or above the EPA’s Radon Action Level of 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air), and any home in Elbert County may have elevated levels of radon (even if homes in the same neighborhood do not). Testing for radon is simple and inexpensive, and radon problems can be fixed.
Elbert County Health and Human Services, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Lung Association are supporting efforts to encourage Americans to test their homes for radon, have elevated levels of radon reduced, and have new homes built with radon-resistant features.
For information on how to test and mitigate your home for radon, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website at
www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/testing-your-home-radon. You’ll find information about free and low-cost radon test kits, and low-income radon mitigation assistance.