Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality
The City is considering what, if any, programs or regulations should be applied to help address smoke impacts from outdoor residential burning. City Council in February discussed the issue at a work session and asked staff to engage the public in the discussion. A scientific survey of community attitudes about outdoor burning – including firepits – is planned. Stay on top of the issue here.
Did you know that testing your home for radon is simple and life-saving? The City of Fort Collins encourages all citizens to test their homes for radon. The most recently calculated data tells us that approximately 500 lung cancer deaths occur yearly in Colorado due to radon exposure. Inexpensive radon test kits are available at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr. Air Quality Loans are also available to help residents who need to install a radon mitigation system. Learn more about radon!
The City of Fort Collins is offering Air Quality Loans of $1,000 to $10,000* to Fort Collins residents for the following home improvements:
- Install a radon mitigation system,
- Upgrade an inefficient wood stove or fireplace, or
- Remediate mold.
*Offer subject to availability.
“Fugitive dust” consists primarily of soil particles in the air due to wind or human activities such as excavation, demolition, and abrasive blasting. Uncontrolled dust is not only a nuisance, but can cause other issues in terms of health, safety and aesthetics. For example, dust can cause respiratory illness, decrease visibility, and cause damage to property and machinery. On May 3, 2016 the City of Fort Collins City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 044, 2016, which amended Chapter 12 of the Code of the City of Fort Collins. This ordinance, more commonly known as the Fugitive Dust Ordinance, creates new requirements for all owners and operators of dust generating activities to control off-property or off-vehicle transport of fugitive dust. The ordinance became effective on November 1, 2016.
The Healthy Homes program is a free, volunteer-driven program that helps families improve the indoor air quality of their homes. Through awareness and education, the Healthy Homes program provides low-cost or no-cost solutions that help residents create a healthier home. Residents can request to have (2) certified Master Home Educators conduct a FREE healthy home assessment. The assessment focuses on biological pollutants, chemical contaminants, and safety hazards and residents can receive conservation gifts that promote sustainability in their home. Call (970) 416-2832 to sign-up for an assessment today!