Kiowa County Public Health
1309 Maine St.
P.O. Box 414
Eads, CO 81036
Radon: What's the
Hoopla All About?
By Chelsea Davis
Radon, maybe a word that
you have heard buzzing around; but do you know what it is, why radon is
a concern, how to test for it, and how to fix it? Radon is a naturally
occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. You cannot see or
smell radon and the only way to know if you have it is to test.[i]
Why is it important for you to test in Colorado?
Close to 50% of
homes in Colorado exceed the EPA’s recommended action level of 4.0
picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), which is like smoking 8 cigarettes
a day. Colorado is ranked 6th in the nation for tests above
the action level. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in
the United States and it is important to test. Radon is easy to test
for and homes are easy to fix. Test, fix, save a life![ii]
How do I get started
Several counties in Colorado have received grants from the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to promote radon
testing and education. Kiowa, Prowers, Bent, and Baca counties have
received grant funds and will provide FREE radon testing kits. These
kits are limited in number, so hurry. The FREE test kits can be picked
up at your local Health Department. These kits will be your basic 3-7
day “short term” test kits. Testing kits will also be available at each
county’shealth fair. Testing is recommended in the winter when
your house is kept closed and your heating and ventilation systems are
What should I do if I
get test results above the recommended action level?
First, remain calm.
If your test results are between 4 pCi/L and 8 pCi/L you canretest with a long-term test kit (90 days up to a year) to
see if your results are actually lower over a longer term average. If
your test results are above 8 pCi/L, you can retest with another short
term kit. If the results are still above 8 pCi/L, we recommend you
mitigate your home as soon as possible. Kiowa, Prowers, Bent, and Baca
counties may be able to help with retesting.
Who can help me
reduce the level of radon in my house?
recommended that you seek the advice of a certified radon mitigation
contractor to lower your radon risk. You can find a list of contractors
under the “testing and mitigating your home” link.
What should I do if I am buying a home?
If you are looking to buy a house, you should ask your home inspector to
do a radon test as part of the home inspection and read CDPHE’s
publication “Radon and Real Estate Transactions” at
[ii] CDPHE Indoor Air Quality Radon Talking