By: Sarah Ferguson
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Gov. John Hickenlooper has named January as National Radon Action Month in Colorado.
According to experts, homes in Colorado Springs see higher levels of radon than other states across the nation.
“Although there are a lot of home builders now in Colorado that are putting radon systems in during construction, there’s some jurisdictions where they actually require it,” said Douglas Kladder, Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Technology.
Each year in Colorado, 500 lung cancer deaths are attributed to radon, making it even more essential to test and make sure your home is safe.
For those looking to test their homes, there are long and short-term tests people can use.
The mountains are part of the reason homes in Colorado Springs see higher radon levels.
“Thanks to a wonderful mountain there on the west side, Pikes Peak, which is made out of granite, which has about five to 10 parts per million of uranium, which is relatively high, believe it or not,” said Dr. Jim Burkhart, Chair of Physics at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
According to the EPA, if your home hits four or more picocuries per liter, you’ll need to take action and test your home.
“Basically what a mitigation system is, is a system that draws the radon out from underneath the foundation of the home before it has a chance to get into the house, and they exhaust it to a safe location,” said Kladder.