The City of Fort Collins encourages residents to test the radon levels in their homes as Radon Action Month approaches in January. Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally-occurring gas associated with serious health concerns such as cancer, and Colorado has higher concentrations than many other states.
Testing for radon is easy, and you can self-test your home using low-cost kits available for purchase at:
Short-term kits are $6 and long-term kits are $20. You can also hire a local certified contractor to test for radon.
An estimated 65 percent of homes in Fort Collins test high for radon levels. However, unsafe radon levels can be easily fixed with a radon mitigation system. The City offers no fee, zero-interest loans to assist with mitigation costs when radon is present. The loans range from $1,000 - $3,000 and can assist with up to 90 percent of the costs associated with radon mitigation. Radon tests must be completed prior to applying for these loans. More information about air quality loans may be found at http://www.fcgov.com/airquality/loan.php.
More information about radon, its health impacts, radon testing and radon mitigation may be found at www.fcgov.com/radon.