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County teams up with Walking Mountains Science Center and Shaw Regional Cancer Center to promote Radon Action Month

Contact: Ray Merry, Environmental Health Director, 970-328-8757, environment@eaglecounty.us 

Jan. 9, 2017 – In an effort to help prevent lung cancer from exposure to radon gas, the Energy Smart Colorado program at Walking Mountains, Shaw Regional Cancer Center and Eagle County Environmental Health are offering free radon test kits while supplies last. Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed January “Radon Action Month,” a perfect time to test homes for radon because windows and doors are typically closed.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, 50 percent of Colorado homes have radon gas levels in excess of the EPA’s recommended action levels.  

“That’s about what we’re seeing here as well,” said John-Ryan Lockman with Energy Smart.

Radon is an invisible, radioactive, soil gas that enters homes through small gaps in foundation walls and floor slabs. Once inside, it mixes with the air, which presents a serious health risk if high levels of radon are inhaled over time. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and causes hundreds of cancer deaths in Colorado annually, which is why Shaw Regional Cancer Center is helping promote Radon Action Month.

“These easy to use, free radon test kits could make a big difference in preventing lung cancer,” explained Vail Valley Medical Center’s President and CEO Doris Kirchner, of which Shaw is a department. “It’s critical for Eagle County residents to be aware of the risks of radon in our homes and to take this step to ensure our families and friends are safe from radon exposure.”

Free kits are available at the Edwards Pharmacy inside Shaw Regional Cancer Center at 322 Beard Creek Road in Edwards; the Environmental Health Department at 500 Broadway in Eagle; the El Jebel Community Center at 20 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel; and at Walking Mountains Science Center at 318 Walking Mountains Lane in Avon.

 “Short-term test kits are easy to use and are the first step in determining whether your family is at risk,” said Ray Merry, Eagle County’s director of environmental health. “Our organizations are working together because we hold public health and safety as a top priority.”  

In addition, Energy Smart Colorado can assess home and business energy efficiency, check combustion appliances for proper venting of other gases such as carbon monoxide, and provide rebates for radon mitigation systems, should elevated radon levels be detected. Residents are encouraged to visit www.energysmartcolorado.com for more information.

To learn more about radon, visit www.radon.com or call Eagle County Environmental Health at 970-328-8755.