January is National Radon Action Month, and the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District is once again raising awareness and giving away free test kits.
January is Radon Action Month!
The state Department of Public Health (DPH) urges Connecticut residents to test their homes for radon gas, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Health officials estimate that radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.
Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed from the natural decay of uranium, is found in rock, soil and water. While radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low threat to human health, radon can enter homes from the surrounding soil and become a health hazard inside buildings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homes with radon levels at 4.0 pCi/L or higher should be fixed.
The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District, located at 580 Cottage Grove Road, Suite 100, Bloomfield, has FREE test kits and information available. For more information please contact the district at 860-561-7900.
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