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  • Phone: 970-328-9813
    Fax: 970-328-8788

    Environmental Health
    P.O. Box 179
    500 Broadway
    Eagle, Colorado 81631-0179 


Free radon gas test kits available

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

Eagle County Environmental Health and Public Health Departments, in conjunction with Energy Smart, have free radon test kits available while supplies last. January is National Radon Action Month and a perfect 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 from the ground 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. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, between one-third and one-half of Colorado homes have radon in excess of recommended safe levels.

“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 director of environmental health. “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,” he said. Energy Smart assessment professionals will also check combustion appliances for proper venting of carbon monoxide during an assessment.

Testing for radon gas is most appropriate when your windows and doors are closed during the winter months. Free radon test kits can be obtained from the county’s Environmental Health Department at 500 Broadway in Eagle and at the El Jebel Community Center at 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel. Or, call Energy Smart at 970-328-8777 to schedule a home energy assessment.

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.