Jefferson County, Colo. — In Jefferson County, about half of homes tested have high levels of radon. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and there is a simple way to prevent it. In recognition of National Radon Action Month, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is providing free radon test kits to homeowners throughout the month of January to help keep families safe.
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 JCPH. “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.”
During National Radon Action Month — an annual effort to encourage everyone to test their homes for radon and reduce health risks — JCPH Environmental Health Services will provide free radon test kits to homeowners in Jefferson County. In addition to providing the free test kits, staff will be available to 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 the month of January. Kits can be picked up at Jefferson County Public Health, located at 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood. Throughout the remainder of 2018, radon test kits will be available for purchase at $10 each.
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, City of Lakewood and City of Golden.
For more information:
Contact Mitch Brown, JCPH Senior Environmental Health Specialist at 303-271-5767 or [email protected]
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.