Jefferson County, Colo. — This January in Jefferson County, nine government agencies and boards have come together to recognize the significant effect radon gas can have on our health and in our homes.
The Jefferson County Board of Health, Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, Cities of Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Edgewater and the Towns of Morrison and Mountain View have all either issued or plan to issue a proclamation recognizing January as National Radon Action Month. In addition, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will be offering free radon test kits to Jefferson County residents, one per address and on a first come-first served basis, at our location in Lakewood at 645 Parfet Street during the month of January.
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. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and a top environmental cause of cancer nationwide. In Jefferson County, more than half of homes tested have high levels of radon. 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.
“We are grateful to the county, cities and towns around our area for helping us recognize the importance of radon testing and mitigation in Jefferson County,” said Mitchell Brown, Environmental Health Supervisor at Jefferson County Public Health. “We hope that, in part, because of their help we can help more people across the county assess and lessen their risk of radon exposure.”
In addition to providing the free test kits, JCPH 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. Testing your home, and installing proper air quality controls if high levels of radon exist, is an effective way to prevent the harmful effects radon can have on you and your family. After January and throughout the remainder of 2019, radon test kits will be available for purchase at JCPH for $10 each.
If you have questions about radon and your home’s risk, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/2337/Radon to see frequently asked questions and helpful information.
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, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.