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Free Radon Awareness Seminar
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


In an effort to raise awareness and encourage people to check radon levels in their homes, El Paso County Public Health has organized a free radon seminar for the public.This Radon Awareness Seminar is free to the public and will be held Thursday, Jan. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Citizens Service Center located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado. People who attend the seminar will receive a voucher for a free radon test kit.

All homes regardless of construction type, such as slab on grade, basement, or crawl space, or style, such as colonial, raised ranch, or condominium can have elevated radon levels.During the years 2005-2010: 8,729 El Paso County home radon test results were submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Of those, 4,050 (46 percent) homes tested at four or more picocuries per liter (4pCi/L). Exposure to 4pCi/L or more of radon is associated with high risk of lung cancer, according to the American Lung Association.

This event will offer a video presentation, “Radon: The Invisible Killer,” and a question and answer session with a panel of experts. Panelists will include: Dr. James Burkhart, professor and chair of physics, and associate dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Douglas Kladder, director of the Center for Environmental Research and Technology; and Doug Barber, a licensed Realtor and president and broker of The Rawhide Company. For more information call (719) 578-3199 or visit www.elpasocountyhealth.org.