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Radon test kits available at Aspen City Hall

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Pitkin County and the city of Aspen are offering free radon test kits during January – National Radon Action Month.

The kits will be given away until they’re gone. City residents may pick one up at the Environmental Health Department on the second floor of City Hall; residents of unincorporated Pitkin County can collect one at the Community Development office on the third floor of City Hall.

Radon kits normally sell for as much as $40. There are several hundred free kits available.

“We want to encourage property owners to take this threat very seriously. Radon gas buildup indoors causes cancer and there are simple things people can do to ventilate their homes if they test and discover radon buildup,” said C.J. Oliver, the city’s senior environmental health specialist, in a press release.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is not harmful at outdoor levels, but can build up inside homes. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.

The rocks in the area have a high potential for producing radon, according to Carla Ostberg, county environmental health manager.

The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon. It 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. City and county Environmental Health staffers will be available to assist those wanting help interpreting their test results.

Depending on the test results, there are several things residents can do to lower radon levels; information will be provided to homeowners who are interested in having remediation work done. For more information, contact Ostberg at 920-5438 or Oliver at 920-5008.

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