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Radon Education & Test Kit Distribution 1-12-23

The Naugatuck Valley Health District, Connecticut Department of Public Health, the American Lung Association of Connecticut, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all urge you to test your home for radon, and, if necessary, mitigate high levels when found.

Radon is a naturally occurring colorless and odorless radioactive gas.  Radon enters the home through small cracks and holes in the basement. Prolonged exposure to levels above 4 picocuries per liter it can increase one’s risk of getting lung cancer.  Public health officials have found that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., behind cigarette smoking and the leading cause among non-smokers.  If you smoke cigarettes and have radon in your home, then your risk of getting lung cancer is even greater.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 15,000-30,000 U.S. citizens die from radon-induced lung cancer each year.

“We live in an area of the country where elevated radon levels in homes are quite common,” says Jessica Kristy, Director of Health.  “Most of Connecticut is located in a zone where there is a high to moderate potential for having a radon issue in the air or water in one’s home. Yet, many homeowners don’t think to test their homes annually. The only way to find out if your home has radon is to test for it. With that being said, now is a good time of year to do so.”

The heating season is the best time to test for radon because your home is closed up, and radon levels tend to build up indoors. Our organization, along with the Department of Public Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Lung Association of Connecticut are partnering together to promote radon testing and mitigation.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District will be hosting a radon information session at the Kellogg Center (500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT) on January 12th, 2023, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. All attendees will be provided radon education and the first forty (40) participants will receive a FREE home test kit to take with them. Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Radon2023 , or call NVHD at 203-881-3255, ext. 108.

You can also purchase a test kit by calling the American Lung Association of Connecticut directly at 1-800-LUNG USA or by going online at www.alact.org. Alternatively, you can purchase a kit by visiting your local hardware store. Kits are valued around $15.00 so don’t wait, register today!

For additional information on radon, contact your local health department at (203) 881-3255 x108 or contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health Radon Program at (860) 509-7300 or online at https://portal.ct.gov/dph/Environmental-Health/Radon/Radon-Program.

 

NVHD has joined 41 other local health departments and districts in partnership with CT DPH to be able to provide a limited number of free radon home test kits to residents.

The event is finished.

Date

Jan 12 2023
Expired!

Time

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location

Kellogg Environmental Center
500 Hawthorne Ave, Derby, CT 06418
Category
Health Educator

Organizer

Health Educator
Phone
203-881-3255 x108
Email
ltrupp@nvhd.org
Website
http://www.nvhd.org
Registration Preferred

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