The Montrose County Board of County Commissioners at their January 7, 2013 board meeting adopted a proclamation declaring January 2013 as Radon Action Month in Montrose County, Colorado.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and number one cause among non-smokers. Montrose County has a high level of radon in the soil which means that all homes have the potential for elevated radon levels. Last year almost 250 homes were tested for radon and the average level of radon in these homes was 8.8 picocuries (pCi/L). Any level greater than 4 pCi/L poses a health risk and needs to be remedied by the homeowner.
Montrose County Health and Human Services’ Environmental Program will begin holding Radon information classes for the public starting January 16th. These classes are appropriate since houses are closed up in the winter months causing a potential for the odorless, colorless gas to reach unsafe levels. Each person attending one of these programs will receive a free radon testing kit for their home.
The schedule for upcoming radon information classes is from 12 noon to 1pm in the Library Conference Room on January 16 & 23 and also February 13 & 20.