All CO counties labeled high-risk for radon

By: Cassie Heykoop Email
By: Cassie Heykoop Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. After a little bit of research, the entire state has been upgraded to high risk for radon.

As radon rises up from the ground, it decomposes and releases products into the air that increase the risk of cancer.

"Radon is not so dangerous itself. It is the decay products that come out of it that will cripple your DNA and mutate your cells and cause you to have some risk of cancer," said Ted Munkres, radon specialist for Foundation Repair of Western Colorado.

Experts said radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarettes.

The Department of Public Health encourages residents in all 64 counties to get their homes tested.

Radon hovers in the lower levels of homes and is both odorless and colorless.

To test your home, you can call a certified radon testing company or buy a testing kit at a local hardware store for about $15.

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