BROOKLYN - The Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) has a small supply of free radon detection kits available for residents of northeast CT. NDDH has partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) during January, designated at National Radon Action Month, to raise awareness to the health risks associated with radon in homes.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It is naturally occurring in the environment and levels in outdoor air pose a low threat to human health. However, radon can enter homes from surrounding soil and become a health hazard inside buildings.
You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. The only way to know if you have an elevated radon level in your home is to test your home's indoor air. To make this as easy and affordable as possible, NDDH, in collaboration with the CT DPH, has offered free radon detection kits for the month of January and has a small amount of kits remaining. Just stop by the NDDH office at 69 South Main Street in Brooklyn to pick up your free kit. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am to 4pm and Friday, 8am to noon. Home testing is as easy as opening the package, following the instructions to place the radon detector in the basement or first floor of your home, and after 2 to 7 days, sending the detector to a laboratory for analysis. You will receive your results within a few weeks. You will also receive a follow-up call in a week or so from NDDH to assure that you have utilized the kit.
You can also purchase a low cost test kit from the American Lung Association of New England by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit lung.org
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States, causing 21,000 deaths a year.