Environmental Health

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  • Phone: 970-328-8755
    Fax: 970-328-8788

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

    environment@eaglecounty.us


Free radon gas test kits available from Environmental Health

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

Jan. 3, 2014 – 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 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 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 also check combustion appliances for proper removal 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 at the Walking Mountains office of Energy Smart at 318 Walking Mountains Ln. in Avon. Call 970-328-8777 to schedule a home energy assessment.

To learn more about radon and other indoor air quality issues, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/EnvHealth/Air_Quality/Indoor_Air/#Radon or call 970-328-8755.