Contact: Ray Merry, Managing Director Sustainable Communities at 970-328-8757 or email@example.com
Eagle County’s Environmental Health and Public Health Departments, in conjunction with Energy Smart, are offering free radon test kits while supplies last. January is National Radon Action Month and an ideal time for people to test their homes for radon, a radioactive gas responsible for hundreds of Colorado cancer deaths each year.
The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas enters homes through cracks in the floor or spaces around utility pipes and accumulates unless properly vented. Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.
“Testing for radon is simple and the first step in determining if your health might be at risk from long-term exposure,” said Ray Merry, Eagle County’s Managing Director of Sustainable Communities. According to Merry, Eagle County residents can get the test kit individually, or through a home energy assessment from Energy Smart. “Energy Smart is an excellent partner because you can also get an inexpensive energy assessment of your home at the time you receive a free radon test kit,” said Merry. “Energy Smart assessment professionals also check combustion appliances for proper removal of carbon monoxide during the assessment,” he said.
Radon gas testing is most effective when windows and doors aren’t open, typically during the winter months. The free radon test kit can be obtained in person at the Environmental Health Department offices at 500 Broadway in Eagle, or by calling Energy Smart at 970-328-8777 to schedule a home energy assessment. Kits are also available at the Eagle County Energy Resource Center located in Miller Ranch and at the Eagle County Community Center at 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel. “We encourage everybody to test for radon and learn more about long-term risks of exposure,” said Merry.
To learn more about radon and other indoor air quality issues, visit www.eaglecounty.us/EnvHealth/Air_Quality/Indoor_Air/
or call 970-328-8755.