HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS FREE RADON TEST KIDS DURING NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH
(1/2/2012) (New Haven) - The New Haven Health Department is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a nationwide campaign to educate residents about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action to protect their homes and families. The New Haven Health Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health 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 203-946-6760 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 proof 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 20,000 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. “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,” said Brian Wnek, Senior Sanitarian at the New Haven Health Department.
“I encourage all residents to take advantage of this program and to protect their homes and families from radon exposure,” said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.
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 946-6760 or visit EPA’s National Radon Action Month Web site at www.epa.gov/radon/nram
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