Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 20,000 lung cancer deaths every year.
Radon is a radioactive gas found in nature, and has no color, odor, or taste. It comes from the decay of uranium atoms. Buildings capture radon leaking up from the ground on which they are built. In Aspen, over 1/2 of the homes that have tested have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4 picocuries (pCi) of radon per liter of air.
The best way to purchase a do-it-yourself radon test kit is to use
and order a short term charcoal test kit for $15.00 from the National Safety Council. Or, order discounted test kits
The only way to know if your home has high radon is to test your home with a radon test kit. Winter is the best time to test for radon as your windows and doors are closed. Currently, the Aspen Environmental Health & Sustainability Department has free radon test kits available for Aspen residents. If you are outside Aspen city limits then contact your local Environmental Health Department as they might have radon test kits for their jurisdiction.
If your first radon test result is at or above the EPA action level of 4pCi/L and is considered high, then your next step is to retest. EPA recommends for radon results between 2-8 pCi/L you retest using a long term test kit. If your result is above 8 pCi/L then retest in the same location with another short term test kits. Currently, the City of Aspen has both short and long term radon test kits available to Aspen residents.
If you live outside the Roaring Fork Valley, or your jurisdiction has run out of free kits then you can purchase a
do it yourself radon test kit
with the National Safety Council.
If your radon test results show that your home has radon levels above the EPA recommended action level of 4pCi/L, contact one of the radon mitigation professionals on the List of Certified Radon Mitigation Contractors in Colorado found on the
State’s radon page
at 970-920-5069 with any radon related questions.