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Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and about half the homes tested in Jefferson County have high levels of radon, according to a news release from Jefferson County Public Health.
To help residents stay safe from radon exposure, Jefferson County Public Health is offering free radon test kits through January, which is National Radon Action Month.
Radon is a dangerous and naturally occurring radioactive gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. People are exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that enters homes and other buildings through cracks and gaps in foundations. While there is always some radon in the air, high levels of exposure to radon over time can lead to a significant risk of developing lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer is even greater for smokers who are exposed to radon.
“People are often exposed to radon while at home, where they spend the most time,” said Mitch Brown, senior environmental health specialist at Jefferson County Public Health. “Testing is the only way to find out how much radon is in the air in your home. But the good news is that tests are easy to use and inexpensive.”
In addition to providing the free test kits, Jefferson County Public Health's Environmental Health Services staff will help homeowners understand how to use the test kits properly and what to do if the test results show high levels of radon in the air. If action is needed to reduce radon in a home, it's important to test homes for radon again to be sure the action worked and the air is safe.
The free radon test kits will be provided, one per family, throughout January. Kits can be picked up at Jefferson County Public Health, 645 Parfet St. in Lakewood. After January, kits will be available for purchase for $10 for the rest of 2018.
In conjunction with National Radon Action Month, January 2018 has been declared as Jefferson County Radon Action Month by the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, Lakewood and Golden. National Radon Action Month is an annual effort to encourage everyone to test their homes for radon and reduce health risks.
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