Learn about radon with Walking Mountains Science Behind series on Wednesday, Jan. 20
If you go …
What: Science Behind Radon
When: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20
Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.
Cost: Free, registration required and $5 donation suggested.
More information: Register online http://www.walkingmountains.org/sb.
AVON — Honor you health and the health of your family for Radon Awareness Month by becoming educated about where radon comes from and its danger to human health with Walking Mountains Science Center on Wednesday.
Peg Roding, instructor of the 3Rs (radiation, radioactivity and radon) curriculum class, supported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will present this month’s Science Behind Radon program.
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste but could be a problem in your home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly one in three homes checked in seven states had screening levels higher than 4 pCi/L, the EPA’s recommended action level for radon exposure. That is 35 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow if that home were next to the fence of a radioactive waste site. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and causes hundreds of deaths in Colorado each year.
Dangers of Radon
In addition to being an important topic, participants will learn from the disciplines of multiple sciences. Physical science will explain what radioactivity is, earth science will explain where radon comes from, and biological science will explain how radon gas affects our health. Roding, also a former high school physics teacher, will engage the audience with scientific demonstrations, using Geiger counters and other materials to learn the concepts of radioactivity.
Participants will also receive free and easy-to-use radon test kits for their homes. January is a great month to test homes for radon because windows and doors are typically closed. In most cases, radon can be easily mitigated, and the Energy Smart Resource Center at Walking Mountains Science Center can point you in the right direction.