CDPHE offering free radon test kits, low-income mitigation assistance


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strongly urges Colorado residents to test their homes for radon using a free radon test kit.

In Colorado, nearly half of homes have radon levels above the recommended limit, and more than 500 lung cancer deaths in the state each year are attributed to radon. Children can be especially susceptible to the harmful effects of radon due to their higher respiratory rate and relative proximity to the ground. Even pets can be susceptible to negative health effects from radon exposure.

The best way to protect against radon is to perform a simple test of your home. The CDPHE encourages all Colorado homeowners to test regardless of neighbors’ radon levels because radon levels can vary from home to home.

If your home has high levels of radon, it’s important to take action to reduce your risk. Radon mitigation systems can reduce radon levels in any home. For those who cannot afford a mitigation system, Colorado offers the Low Income Radon Mitigation Assistance program to homeowners who qualify through a simple application process.

Homeowners who already have radon-mitigation systems should retest their homes every two years to make sure the system is working properly.

More information is available on the CDPHE website:

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas with no color, odor or taste. Radon can easily enter homes and other buildings through small openings like cracks in foundations, openings around pumps and drains, and crawl spaces. Any home can be affected by elevated levels of radon.