Have you tested your home for radon? Well, January is Radon Action Month and The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment is distributing free short-term radon test kits, one per household, while supplies last.

The short-term radon test kits are available at the health department, for FREE, while supplies last and can be picked up Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM at 1555 N. 17th Ave., Greeley, Colorado. (Limit one per household.)

Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that results from the natural decay of uranium. Uranium is found in rock, soil, and water all over the world. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in your home’s foundation.

Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down, these particles release small bursts of energy that can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime.

Nearly 46% of all homes in Colorado are estimated to have elevated radon levels. The only way to know the radon level of your home is to test. It is inexpensive and takes only a few minutes of your time.

For more information on radon checkout Environmental Protection Agency’s website.