BROOKLYN - The Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) thanks residents who took advantage of a small supply of free radon detection kits that were made available for residents of northeast CT. All kits have been distributed. NDDH partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) during January, designated as 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, offered free radon detection kits for the month of January. Residents also received follow-up calls from NDDH to assure that the kits had been utilized.
Low cost test kits can also be purchased 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.