The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment is offering residents one free radon test kit per home as part of National Radon Action Month.

Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers, according to a news release from the WCDPHE. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas caused by the breakdown of uranium, the release said. Uranium is found mostly in rock formations but also can be found in soil and water. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into a house through the minuscule cracks in the house’s foundation or small spaces around utility pipes.

About 50% of Colorado homes have radon levels above the EPA recommended action level, and all 64 Colorado counties are rated at high risk for elevated radon.

Free test kits can be requested online at aelabs.com/weld. More information on radon, testing and mitigation is available by calling WCDPHE at 970-400-2226 or go to weldgov.com/go/radon.

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The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment is offering residents one free radon test kit per home as part of National Radon Action Month.

Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers, according to a news release from the WCDPHE. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas caused by the breakdown of uranium, the release said. Uranium is found mostly in rock formations but also can be found in soil and water. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into a house through the minuscule cracks in the house’s foundation or small spaces around utility pipes.

About 50% of Colorado homes have radon levels above the EPA recommended action level, and all 64 Colorado counties are rated at high risk for elevated radon.

Free test kits can be requested online at aelabs.com/weld. More information on radon, testing and mitigation is available by calling WCDPHE at 970-400-2226 or go to weldgov.com/go/radon.

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