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FREE RADON TEST KIT
Have you tested your home for Radon yet? Residents of Clinton can pick up a FREE Radon Test Kit at the Connecticut River Area Health District.
The Radon Test Kits are simple to use and come with a postage paid envelope for shipment to the analytical laboratory. The results will be reported directly to the resident and will also be available online. The DPH Radon Program recommends that all Connecticut homes be tested for radon. Testing is recommended in the winter months, when radon tends to build up indoors.
The Connecticut State Department of Public Health (DPH) urges Connecticut residents to test their homes for radon gas, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Health officials estimate that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.
Radon is a radioactive gas formed from the decay of naturally occurring uranium. It is found in rock, soil and water. Radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low risk to human health, but it can enter homes from the surrounding soil and become a health hazard inside buildings.
Radon is odorless and invisible, and people often don’t know this silent killer could be in their homes. That is why testing for radon and reducing elevated levels of this poisonous gas is so important. It could save the lives of you and your loved ones.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homes with radon levels at or above 4.0 pCi/L be fixed. Homeowners should consider reducing their potential lung cancer risk by fixing homes with radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. Smokers exposed to radon have a much higher risk for developing lung cancer.
Radon problems can be corrected by a qualified radon contractor, with costs typically ranging between $1,200 and $1,500. A homeowner should hire a qualified radon mitigation (reduction) contractor to decrease airborne radon levels.
To learn more about radon and to obtain a list of qualified radon mitigation contractors, please visit the DPH Radon Program web site at www.ct.gov/dph/radon. The site also includes additional resources including a video that provides step-by-step instructions on how to test your home for radon.
While supplies last, Radon Kits can be picked up at The Connecticut River Area Health District is located at 455 Boston Post Rd, Suite 7, Old Saybrook, CT 06475, Phone: 860-661-3300