The City of Fort Collins is encouraging residents to test the radon levels in their homes now that winter is here. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and naturally-occurring gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Radon gas enters homes and other buildings through cracks and openings in basements, crawl spaces, and slabs. Radon levels vary from house to house and have nothing to do with the age, upkeep, or quality of the building; however, Colorado homes are at a higher risk for radon.
Testing the radon levels in your home is simple and inexpensive. Here are a few options:
Purchase a radon test kit. The City of Fort Collins sells discounted short-term ($6) and long-term ($20) kits for you to test your own home. These kits are available at the Fort Collins Senior Center, located at 1200 Raintree Dr.
Sign up for a Healthy Homes assessment. These free assessments provide Fort Collins residents with a comprehensive look at factors in their home related to indoor air quality, health, and safety. Each assessment includes a free short-term radon test.
If your home has high radon levels:
Hire a professional. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides links to contractors that are certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program and the National Radon Safety Board. Visit their website to find qualified radon contractors in your area.