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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


January is Radon Action Month, free test kits available

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

Jan. 4, 2016 – January is “Radon Action Month” and a perfect time to test homes for radon because windows and doors are typically closed. Eagle County Environment Health, in partnership with Energy Smart Colorado, is offering free radon test kits while supplies last.
 
Radon is an invisible, radioactive, soil gas that enters homes through small gaps in foundation walls and floor slabs. Utility line entry points often allow radon to seep into the home. Once inside, it mixes with the air we breathe, 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.

Free radon test kits can be obtained from the Environmental Health Department at 500 Broadway in Eagle; the El Jebel Community Center at 0020 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel; or at the Energy Smart Resource Center located in the Walking Mountains Science Center at 318 Walking Mountains Ln. 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. “For those wanting more, Energy Smart Colorado is a great resource because they also offer an inexpensive energy assessment of your home while providing you with a radon test kit.” Visit www.energysmartcolorado.com to schedule a home energy assessment.

Walking Mountains Science Center is also hosting a “Science Behind Radon” event on Jan. 20. Visit www.walkingmountains.org for more information.

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