TEST YOUR HOME FOR RADON
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month and is encouraging local homeowners to test for this potentially deadly radio-active gas. The Quinnipiack Valley Health District supports the EPA’s efforts by encouraging testing of homes for radon.
Radon kits can be purchased for a low cost from the American Lung
Association, 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872), or from big box stores like
Home Depot and Lowes. If you have never tested your home for radon, it is
worth the nominal cost of a test kit to evaluate your home.
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and
tasteless gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. When
emitted into the open air, radon is rendered virtually harmless. However,
when it becomes trapped in an enclosed structure such as a house, radon
can accumulate to dangerous levels. Prolonged exposure to a high level of
radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in this country.
The EPA estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 Americans to die
from lung cancer each year. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
Your neighbor’s house may not have a radon problem, but your house
might. The only sure way to know if your home has a radon problem is to
test for it. Testing is relatively simple and fixing a problem is usually
no more expensive than some common home repairs. The Connecticut
Department of Public Health provides a list of radon mitigation
contractors on their website: www.ct.gov/dph/radon.
Quinnipiack Valley Health District
Phone. (203) 248-4528
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