Town offers reduced-price radon test kits

January has been designated Radon Action Month in Connecticut and the Greenwich Department of Health, for the eighth consecutive year, has obtained grant funds from the state to support radon testing and provide Radon-In-Air test kits to residents of Greenwich.

Beginning Jan. 8 and continuing through February, Radon-In-Air test kits will be offered at a reduced fee of $25 per test, compared to the regular fee of $60.

Radon is present at elevated levels in about one out of every five Connecticut homes. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless radioactive gas that is normally harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air, but can reach harmful levels when it enters and gets trapped in buildings. Radon comes from rocks and soils in the ground and enters the home through small cracks and other openings in a home’s foundation. For those exposed to radon at elevated levels for long periods of time, the gas can cause lung cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend radon abatement measures to be undertaken if indoor radon levels exceed 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is estimated to be responsible for more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer in the U.S. each year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.

“We are pleased to offer the special radon testing program to Greenwich residents,” said the town’s Director of Environmental Services Michael Long. “We continue to offer this program because radon gas is a serious public health hazard. Therefore, all residents are encouraged to test their homes for radon this winter.”

The only way to find out if a home has radon is to test for it. The winter season is the best time to test for radon because homes are closed up, and radon levels tend to build up indoors. To receive the reduced fee Radon-In-Air test, Greenwich residents can register by calling 203-622-7843. Once the test kit is received, testing should be conducted the same day and returned to the lab four days later.

For more information on radon, radon testing and radon mitigation, call the Greenwich Department of Health Laboratory at 203-622-7843.

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