Durango, Colo.: January is National Radon Action Month and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and Colorado State University Extension Office will hold free radon testing workshops and provide free radon kits to participants.

Approximately half of Colorado homes have radon gas levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level.  In Colorado, radon is estimated to cause 500 lung cancer deaths each year.  Radon gas has no odor or taste, is not visible, and occurs naturally in the soil. Radon enters homes and buildings through small openings.  The U.S. Surgeon General lists radon exposure as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

The Colorado State Board of Health has declared January as Radon Action Month, and state environmental officials hope residents will take the time to test their homes. “The best protection against radon is to test in your home, and January is the ideal time to test because radon is more likely to enter a home and stay there during the coldest months of the year” said Brian Devine, air and water quality program manager for San Juan Basin Public Health.

Radon workshops will be held on the following dates;

  • January 17th, 6 PM, Archuleta County Extension Office, 344 US Highway 84, Pagosa Springs
  • January 18th, 11 AM, SJBPH Durango Office, Larkspur Training Room, 281 Sawyer Drive, Durango
  • January 24th, 10 AM, Pine River Library, 395 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield
  • January 29th, 10 AM, Archuleta County Extension Office, 344 US Highway 84, Pagosa Springs
  • January 31st, 5:30 PM, SJBPH Durango Office, Larkspur Training Room, 281 Sawyer Drive, Durango

Workshop participants will receive as many free short-term radon test kits as they need and the confidence to use them correctly. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged; individuals can pre-register for a workshop by emailing their name and address to eh@sjbpublichealth.org.  More information can be found at https://sjbpublichealth.org/radon/