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January is Radon Action Month.

It’s a gentle nudge to buy a Radon Test Kit, hang it up and send it in for analysis. It’s simple, affordable and could save your life.

What exactly is radon? 
Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium, which is present in soil, rocks and sometimes groundwater.

Why should we care?
Radon can leak into our homes, offices and schools through cracks in the foundation or other means. Breathing unsafe levels of radon can lead to lung cancer. In fact, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking.

Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you and your family are at risk of radon exposure.

What do I do?
Test kits are available for $15 through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website. The kits are small envelopes that you hang in your main-level living area for several days before sealing the envelope and mailing it in for lab analysis.

If results of the short-term test indicate radon levels higher than recommended, a long-term test should be conducted. If results still indicate higher-than-ideal radon levels, a contractor can mitigate the radon in your home.

Take action now. Test your home this month.