Radon Awareness Week begins Oct. 19

The City of Fort Collins encourages residents to test the radon levels in their homes as Radon Awareness Week approaches starting October 19. Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally-occurring gas associated with serious health concerns such as cancer.

The City offers zero-interest loans to assist with mitigation costs when radon is present. The loans range from $1,000 – $3,000 and can assist with up to 90 percent of the costs associated with radon mitigation. Radon tests must be completed prior to applying for these loans. More information about air quality loans may be found at http://www.fcgov.com/airquality/loan.php.

Additionally, radon test kits are part of the City’s Healthy Homes free in-home air quality assessments. To schedule an assessment, go to www.fcgov.com/healthyhomes.

Alternatively, residents may self-test their homes using low-cost kits available for purchase at:

· Fort Collins Senior Center- 1200 Raintree Drive
· Fort Collins Development Review Center- 281 N. College Avenue

Short-term kits are $5 and long-term kits are $18. Residents may also hire professional radon testers to perform radon tests.

An estimated 70 percent of homes in Fort Collins have unsafe radon levels. However, unsafe radon levels can be fixed. More information about radon, its health impacts, radon testing and radon mitigation may be found at www.fcgov.com/radon.

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