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Guard against a leading cause of lung cancer by ringing in the New Year with a free radon test kit

Craig Press staff report

 The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is offering free radon test kits this month in an effort to protect Coloradans from a leading cause of lung cancer.

Approximately half of Colorado homes have radon gas levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level. In Colorado, radon is estimated to cause 500 lung cancer deaths each year.

Radon gas has no odor or taste, is not visible, and occurs naturally in the soil. Radon enters homes and buildings through small openings.

The U.S. Surgeon General lists radon exposure as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The State Board of Health has declared January as Radon Action Month, and state environmental officials hope residents will take time to test their homes.

“Testing your home for radon is simple and should be done when all your doors and windows are closed,” said Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “That’s why January is a great time to test, during National Radon Action Month.”

The best way to protect against radon is through testing homes. For a free test kit, visit colorado.gov/cdphe/testing-your-home-radon.

Both English and Spanish versions of the test kit are available.

Homeowners with mitigation systems also can take advantage of this free test kit offer to ensure the system is working properly.

For more information about radon, visit coloradoradon.info. For assistance ordering the radon test kit, email radon@alphaenergylabs.com.