Did you know that exposure to Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths after smoking? Exposure to Radon over time is said to be more dangerous than inhaling second hand smoke. Although there are major health risks linked to Radon exposure, many families have not tested their homes for Radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium found in soil and rock. Radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, so the only way to know if you have elevated levels in your home is to test.
The Health District is partnering with the CT Department of Public Health to educate the community on the dangers of radon and to urge residents to test their homes. Testing is easy and inexpensive, and only takes a moment of your time. As part of Radon Action Month, the Naugatuck Valley Health District is offering free radon test kits for the residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour, and Shelton, on a first come first serve basis. NVHD has a limited supply of radon test kits available throughout January. To reserve a kit, call Amy Shields at 203-881-3255. Radon test kits will be available for pick up at NVHD, 98 Bank St., Seymour, and at locations throughout the health district member towns during the month of January. These locations with dates and times will be posted on the NVHD website when available (www.nvhd.org) or you can call 203-881-3255. For more information on Radon go to: www.ct.gov/dph/radon.
A healthy home is a happy home; test your home for Radon today!