Pitkin County offers free radon test kits
December 28, 2009
ASPEN – Pitkin County is offering free radon test kits throughout January – National Radon Action Month.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is not harmful at outdoor levels, but that can build up inside homes. It is the leading cause of cancer in non-smokers and the second-leading cause of cancer in smokers, according to a county press release. Pitkin County has a high potential for having rocks likely to produce radon; radon levels can vary from home to home, even those that are next door to one another.
The EPA recommends that everyone have his or her home tested for radon. The giveaway will allow people to find out if their homes have acceptable radon levels. Testing involves placing a radon test kit in a lower area of the house that is occupied (not a crawl space) for a few days and then mailing the kit away and waiting for the results. Pitkin County will help people interpret their test results.
Depending on the levels detected by the test, there are several things that residents can do to lower radon levels, and information will be provided to homeowners who are interested in having remediation work done, according to the county. For more information, contact Carla Ostberg at 920-5438.
Pick up a free test kit at the Pitkin County Community Development office on the third floor of Aspen City Hall, 130 S. Galena St.