Do you or your children have breathing problems like asthma? Could radon be infiltrating your indoor air? Healthy Homes wants to help you answer these questions and confront these potential problems by offering a free, comprehensive in-home assessment to evaluate your home's indoor air quality.
Master Home Educators are a fundamental and vital element in our Healthy Homes program. Come learn how you can help your City. Learn new skills and significantly impact the evolving health of our community. Master Home Educators will receive certification upon successful completion of the training.
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Brought to you by the Environmental Services Department of the City of Fort Collins, Healthy Homes is a free program designed to help families within the City limits improve the indoor air quality in their homes.
The average American spends up to 90% of their time indoors and the indoor air quality can be up to 5 times worse than outdoors. In Fort Collins, 1 in 4 homes has a family member with respiratory ailment. The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health, so the indoor air quality of your home is very important to us!
Assessments are performed by our Master Home Educators and typically take less than an hour and a half. We work hard to find a time that works with your busy schedule, and there are absolutely no hidden costs or fees.
Included with each assessment is a free radon test kit, we’ll check your home for potential mold and moisture problems, and we’ll leave you with a wealth of information and resources about your indoor air quality and low cost or no cost recommendations you can implement to mitigate many of the most common problems
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You are at the highest exposure to radon when your doors and windows are all closed up during winter. Winter months are the perfect time to test for radon – the leading cause of non-smoker lung cancer in the United States.
The Healthy Homes program offers free, home health assessments to Fort Collins residents that evaluate your home’s indoor air quality, including a free radon test kit.
The City also sells radon testing kits year-round at the Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, and the Development Review Center, 281 N. College Ave. Short-term kits are $6; long-term kits are $20.
Visit fcgov.com/radon for instructional tools on how to test for radon and a list of certified radon mitigators.
The City of Fort Collins is offering zero interest loans for home improvement projects that remove mold, radon and wood smoke from inside your home. Residents can apply for a loan to install a radon mitigation system, replace or upgrade a fireplace or wood stove, or remove mold and moisture from the home. Loan amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of project.
KRFC@88.9FM’s Community CheckUp Host Kim Sharpe interviews Program Coordinator Mary Pat Aardup about the City of Fort Collins Healthy Homes program. Learn how you can become a Master Home Educator by participating in the 2016 April Healthy Homes Master Home Educator Training as well as simple ways to make your home healthier. For more information, call 970-416-2832.
"Volunteers were so nice and helpful - we really appreciate their time. It's so great Fort Collins offers this service for free! It's a great program."
"I thought the assessment was very worthwhile. The volunteers provided me with good ideas. The program really helped me to be more aware of things to watch out for."
"My wife and I had an excellent experience with a totally free and not too well known City of Fort Collins service. It was originally planned to help seniors breathe cleaner air in their homes and enable seniors to live a healthier independent life. This program is now open to all Fort Collins residents, regardless of age or income."
"I just thought everything about it was great. Nice people, good information... I think they should come to the senior center more often, because this can really help people."
"We were always concerned about radon in our home, but we didn't really understand what it was or how it's harmful. The folks from the program come out and explained it, set the testing kit up, and then they called to remind us to mail it in on time. We got our results back, and we were happy to find out that we don't need mitigation. We were very pleased about all of that."
"The assessment went really well and it was really good to have it completed. The ladies that came out were really knowledgeable. During the interview there was a lot of information I would have liked to learn more about. I was really surprised to learn about the radon level in our home. Overall, it was a good experience."
"The volunteers did an excellent job. We were really impressed with the amount of time and effort they put in, giving us individualized care and attention. Their suggestions were very helpful. Based on their suggestions, we took advantage of the City’s discounted home energy audits, and we even contracted to make improvements to our home based on the findings of both audits."
J. & B. Reid
"The volunteers were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Based on their recommendations, we had a home energy audit done, which was also extremely valuable. The volunteers pointed out very useful things that we were unaware could have such a huge impact on indoor air quality. We actually enjoyed the experience and are working to make all of the suggested changes. It’s hard for us to make changes to old habits as far as the type of cleaners and chemicals we use, but we’re more aware of the issues now."
"The program was very useful and volunteers gave me new insight into things I hadn't even considered before. I was really concerned about mold and moisture problems in my house, and I greatly appreciated the mold check and the infrared tool they used to look for potential problems. I was pleased to find out my house is actually very air-tight and we have no moisture problems. It's a great program, and I hope that it continues."
"The volunteers were very friendly, informative, and professional. They were so thorough they even pointed out a potential problem with my roof that I’m in the process of checking out. I was able to get rid of some old chemicals that were just sitting around in the garage thanks to the volunteers letting me know about the City’s Hazardous Waste Drop-off in June, which I was unaware of before. Overall, I was very pleased."