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Mayor Karen Weitkunat on Tuesday declared January Radon Action Month to encourage all Fort Collins residents to test their homes for radon, a naturally occurring colorless and odorless radioactive gas.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, contributing to as many as 500 lung cancer deaths in Colorado each year. Radon levels can vary from home to home.
“Roughly 70 percent of the City’s homes are estimated to have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level,” said Brian Woodruff, environmental planner with the City’s Environmental Services department. “Radon testing is easy and inexpensive, and Fort Collins residents can test their homes using low-cost test kits available.”
Radon testing kits are available year-round at the Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, and the Development Review Center, 281 N. College Ave. Short-term kits are $5 (including taxes); long-term kits are $18.
For more information on radon, go to fcgov.com/airquality.