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In Jefferson County, about half of homes tested have high levels of radon. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and there is a simple way to prevent it. In recognition of National Radon Action Month, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is providing free radon test kits to homeowners throughout the month of January to help keep families safe.
Radon is a dangerous and naturally occurring radioactive gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. People are exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that enters homes and other buildings through cracks and gaps in foundations. While there is always some radon in the air, high levels of exposure to radon over time can lead to a significant risk of developing lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer is even greater for smokers who are exposed to radon.
“People are often exposed to radon while at home, where they spend the most time,” said Mitch Brown, Senior Environmental Health Specialist at JCPH. “Testing is the only way to find out how much radon is in the air in your home. But the good news is that tests are easy to use and inexpensive.”
During National Radon Action Month — an annual effort to encourage everyone to test their homes for radon and reduce health risks — JCPH Environmental Health Services will provide free radon test kits to homeowners in Jefferson County. In addition to providing the free test kits, staff will be available to help homeowners understand how to use the test kits properly and what to do if the test results show high levels of radon in the air. If action is needed to reduce radon in a home, it’s important to test homes for radon again to be sure the action worked and the air is safe.
The free radon test kits will be provided, one per family, throughout the month of January. Kits can be picked up at Jefferson County Public Health, located at 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood. Throughout the remainder of 2018, radon test kits will be available for purchase at $10 each.
In conjunction with National Radon Action Month, January 2018 has been declared as Jefferson County Radon Action Month by the City of Golden, the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Lakewood.
For more information:
- Contact Mitch Brown, JCPH Senior Environmental Health Specialist at 303-271-5767 or email@example.com.
- Jefferson County Public Health: Radon
- CDPHE: Testing and Mitigating Your Home for Radon (List of Professionals)
- CDPHE: Radon and Real Estate
- Environmental Protection Agency: Radon
The City of Golden has begun construction to replace the culvert beneath Heritage Road at Apex Gulch. The concrete box culvert that carries Apex under Heritage Rd is collapsing and must be replaced before it fails completely. To complete this work, road closures will be necessary.
Please download the map below for location and detours. Construction began January 17, 2018 and should last 3 months, weather dependent.
Notifications have been mailed to area residents, and variable message boards have also been placed on Heritage Rd.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!