QVHD is offering a limited number of FREE radon test kits to residents

January 6, 2020

QVHD is offering a limited number of FREE radon test kits to residents

Starting on Monday, January 6,  2020, Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) is offering a limited number of FREE radon test kits to residents.  Residents in the towns of Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge can reserve a FREE radon test kit, to be picked up at the health district located at 1151 Hartford Turnpike in North Haven Monday – Friday between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Supplies are limited, so please reserve by calling (203) 248-4528. The radon test must be started within 7 days of picking up.

Did you know that exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers in the United States? Radon levels vary seasonally and tend to be higher in the winter months. The best time to test for radon is now, in the colder season between the months of November through March when your house is closed up.

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas. Levels in outdoor air pose a low threat to human health. However, if radon enters home from surrounding soil, it can become a health hazard inside. Breathing radon over prolonged periods may damage lung tissue and could cause lung cancer.

Because you can’t see or smell radon, people often don’t know when radon is in their homes.  This is why testing for radon and reducing elevated levels is so important. Testing for radon and reducing elevated levels could potentially save yours and the lives of your loved ones.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that homes with radon levels at or above 4.0 pCi/L be reduced. However, because any amount of radon exposure can pose some health risk, the EPA recommends that homeowners should consider reducing their potential lung cancer risk by fixing homes with radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.

Radon problems can be corrected by qualified radon contractors.  A homeowner should hire a qualified radon mitigation contractor to decrease airborne radon levels. To obtain a list of qualified radon mitigation contractors, please visit the DPH Radon Program web site at www.ct.gov/dph/radon.

 

Source: The Connecticut Department of Public Health, Basic Radon Facts, https://portal.ct.gov/dph/Environmental-Health/Radon/Radon-Program

Announcement Date: 
Monday, January 6, 2020