Ration Action Month: Free Radon Test Kits Available
In an effort to help prevent lung cancer from exposure to radon gas, Walking Mountains Science Center’s Energy Smart Colorado program has partnered with Vail Health’s Shaw Cancer Center and Eagle County’s Environmental Health Department to raise awareness and offer free radon test kits. January is Radon Action Month and is a perfect time to test homes for radon because windows and doors are typically closed. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, approximately 40 percent of Eagle County homes have radon gas above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended “action limit”. The EPA’s website states that the normal level of radon found in outside air is around 0.4 pCi/L, and the action limit for radon in a home is 4.0 pCi/L. The most common time for radon testing in homes is during a real estate transaction, however, in Eagle County you can test your home for free anytime by simply picking up a kit.
Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive soil gas that enters homes through cracks in solid floors or walls, construction joints, and gaps in suspended floors or around service pipes. Once inside a home, it mixes with the air we breathe, which can present 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 thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. “Education and advocacy for radon testing and mitigation may help prevent lung cancer,” according to Shaw Cancer Center. “It is critical for Eagle County residents to be aware of the risks of radon in homes, and these free radon test kits could make a difference in preventing lung cancer.”
FREE RADON TEST KITS available in JANUARY at:
- Pharmacy inside Shaw Cancer Center – 322 Beard Creek Road in Edwards
- Eagle County Environmental Health Department desk – 550 Broadway in Eagle
- El Jebel Community Center – 20 Eagle County Drive in El Jebel
- Front Desk at Walking Mountains Science Center – 318 Walking Mountains Lane in Avon
If someone is unable to pick up a test in person or has questions, contact Matt Parker at Walking Mountains by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.328.8777. A test can directly be mailed to anyone through the postal service.