The month of January has been designated as “Radon Awareness Month” by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Starting on Jan. 6, Chesprocott Health District will offer free radon testing kits to Cheshire, Prospect, and Wolcott residents. Chesprocott staff will visit homes to place test kits. Tests kits will be picked up within the same week by Chesprocott staff. In addition, residents will be provided educational materials and will have the opportunity to ask questions during the visit.
Radon is a serious health risk facing tens of thousands of Americans. Exposure to radon gas causes more than 20,000 deaths annually and it is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. We can’t see, smell, or taste it, so it’s easy to forget that radon may be a problem in any home, school, or building in the country. This initiative is a great opportunity to increase your own awareness of radon and the risk associated with it. Mitigation information will be provided to those who test with high levels.
Sign ups for radon testing started on Dec. 9, and are on a first-come basis. Call (203) 272-2761 for a free radon testing appointment. This initiative is paid through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.