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Radon mitigation class is May 21 in Aspen

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Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado – The city of Aspen will offer a do-it-yourself class about installing radon mitigation systems May 21. The class starts at 9 a.m. at Aspen City Hall, 130 South Galena St. The class is open to everyone, and will discuss equipment and materials and how to install them.

About 50 percent of homes tested in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa and Pitkin Counties are above EPA radon guidelines and need to be mitigated, said Chrys Kelly, radon coordinator for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Radon is a radioactive gas known to cause cancer. It is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer overall. According to EPA estimates, radon is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

Radon enters homes through cracks in the floor or spaces around utility pipes and accumulates unless it is properly vented. In Colorado, 52 of the state’s 64 counties are at high risk for radon. The gas moves unpredictably through soil, so it is possible for radon to collect in one home but not in the home next door.

Easy-to-use radon test kits are available through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Radon website, http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/rad/radon/ or by contacting Eagle County Environmental Health, 970-328-8755 or http://www.eaglecounty.us/envhealth.