January Is Radon Action Month
According to the City of Fort Collins website, Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas created during the natural decay of uranium in the soil. Radon is everywhere, and Colorado has higher concentrations than other regions.
Radon gas is drawn into homes through cracks and openings in basements, crawl spaces, and slabs. Radon levels vary from house to house and are dependent on a number of factors including the age, quality, and upkeep of the home.
I interviewed Selina Lujan de Alvers, Sr. Indoor Air Quality Specialist, with the City of Fort Collins and we talked about radon for National Radon Action Month. When I asked how big of an issue radon is in northern Colorado, she said "I would consider this a pretty big issue in our area. Even the whole state of Colorado. We do have higher concentrations and based off the environmental protection agency, we are in zone one for radon. Which means that our homes, your homes, are more statistically likely to have higher than the recommended level of 4 pCi/L."
Levels do vary from house to house. Testing for radon levels in your home can be inexpensive. The City of Fort Collins' website has good resources on how to do so and what the health risks to exposure can be.
"We also offer free indoor air quality assessments of homes which includes radon," said Lujan de Alvers.
The City of Fort Collins sells radon test kits at a subsidized cost. $6 for short-term test kits and $20 for long-term test kits. These are available at The Fort Collins Senior Center at 1200 Raintree Dr. Fort Collins, CO 80526.
Learn more about radon by listening to the full "Tuned In to NoCo" interview with Selina Lujan de Alvers below.