Morning Brief: Boulder County Residents are at Risk

The following is a press release from Boulder County and is published by the Longmont Observer as a public service.

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In Boulder County, 54% of homes have unhealthy radon levels; that’s equivalent to every person in the home having 200 chest x-rays every year. This compares with only 6% of homes having unhealthy radon levels across the rest of the country. Take action this January during National Radon Action Month by testing your home for radon.

Winter is a great time to test for radon because homes are closed up, and short-term testing can be done easily. Testing is both simple and inexpensive, and when problems are discovered, they’re easier to fix than you’d think. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides one free test kit for all Colorado residents. To order a free test kit, go to Test kits can be purchased for less than $20 from ReSource Central Tool Library in Boulder and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension in Longmont.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible gas that decays into radioactive particles, which increase the risk of lung cancer for those living with radon trapped inside their homes. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancers combined. Radon exposure causes over 500 lung cancer deaths every year in Colorado.

As we work toward sustainable communities, making our homes more energy efficient plays an important role in our health. When we tighten our homes, it can impact the air quality indoors. Residents enrolled in the EnergySmart Program, which helps increase energy efficiency of homes, can now receive a short-term radon test kit as part of an energy audit. Over 1,000 EnergySmart participants have tested their homes for radon so far. For more information about the EnergySmart Program, contact them at 303-544-1000.

For more information about radon and testing, visit or call Boulder County Public Health at (303) 441-1580.

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