January 5, 2017

Health District Urges Residents to Conduct Radon Testing

Have you checked your home for radon yet? The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) recognize the month of January as Radon Awareness Month.

Radon cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. It is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas found in the soil that results from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.  Exposure to radon gas indoors causes approximately 21,000 deaths annually in the United States and is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

Radon in air can easily be measured.  Radon is measured in units called picocuries per liter (pCi/L). While any exposure to radon is potentially dangerous, the EPA recommends that action be taken to reduce the level of radon whenever a test results in a finding of 4 picocuries per liter or more. 

Residents who live in single family homes or basement, first, or second floor apartments are encouraged to purchase a radon detection kit and test their homes during the winter months, when the windows are closed.  CCHD sells radon test kits for $8.00 and provides free literature on radon, both available for pick-up in our main office at 505 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, Connecticut.  The kit includes the test, instructions, laboratory analysis, and postage, and the results are sent directly to the individual submitting the test for analysis. 

Remember, the only way to know if a home has excessive radon levels is to test.

Any further questions about radon or other public health concerns also may be directed to the Central Connecticut Health District, serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield, at 860-721- 2822, on our website at www.ccthd.org, or by liking our Facebook page.