Fifty-four (54%) percent of Boulder County homes have unhealthy radon levels, which compares to only 6% of homes with unhealthy levels of radon across the rest of country. Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) urges Boulder County residents to take action during National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for elevated levels of radon.
Radon is a naturally occurring invisible, odorless gas that can become dangerous when trapped inside. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., causing between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Unfortunately, because you can’t see or smell radon, people often fail to test for it.
Testing homes for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive. If discovered, radon problems are usually easily fixed. Radon test kits that meet national requirements are available at local hardware stores, home improvement stores, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension-Boulder County Extension in Longmont, or directly from a National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)-certified laboratory. Many test kits cost less than $25.
For more information about radon, radon testing, or radon mitigation, visit the Boulder County Public Health radon website at www.BoulderCountyAir.org/radon, or call BCPH at (303) 441-1176.
Susan Martino, MLA
Environmental Health Specialist II
Boulder County Public Health