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    PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY’S HEALTH IN THEIR HOMES

    (1/2/2009) January is National Radon Action Month

    NEW HAVEN, CT—The New Haven Health Department is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families. The New Haven Health Department is distributing free radon home testing kits and educational materials to New Haven residents during the month of January. To receive a radon test kit, while supplies last, residents should contact 203-946-8174 or visit the department which is located on the ninth floor of 54 Meadow St.

    Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air, but which can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. Scientists have long been concerned about the health risks of radon, but never before has there been such overwhelming evidence that exposure to elevated levels of radon causes lung cancer in humans.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. 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. “However,” says Mr. William P Quinn, Director of Health, “because you can’t see or smell radon, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes. Testing homes for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive”.

    The New Haven Health Department urges New Haven residents to take action during this year’s National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. Radon poses a serious threat to our community’s health but there is a straightforward solution. For more information on radon, radon testing and mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction, call the New Haven Health Department-Bureau of Environmental Health at 946-8174 or visit EPA’s National Radon Action Month Web site at www.epa.gov/radon/nram.

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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