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Free radon test kits available to Colorado residents

DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is offering free radon test kits to Colorado residents in January, which is national Radon Action Month. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon exposure causes approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually in the United States, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, and many of these cases can be prevented. Radon gas is produced as part of the natural decay process of uranium. Highly mineralized areas, such as those in Colorado and its mountains, have a bounty of metals, including uranium. As a result, the risk to Coloradans from exposure to radon gas indoors is higher than the national average. A coupon for a free test kit may be obtained from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website at http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/rad/radon, or by calling (303) 692-3420 or (888) 569-1831, ext. 3420. If necessary, elevated radon levels can be effectively reduced for between $800 and $1,500. The test kits are easy to use and remain in the home for approximately 48 hours. Homeowners mail the kit to a laboratory in a prepaid-postage envelope provided with the kit, and the results are returned to them in about two weeks.


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