Now is the time to test your home for radon gas

Now is the time to test your home for radon gas

That something is radon, a tasteless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the environment. A list of participating health agencies and test kit vendors can be found on the MDH website at Local Radon Contacts.

"January is Radon Action Month, a good time to learn about radon and its risks, and get your home tested announced Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert". Radon-resistant construction should be incorporated for new homes as well as major remodels when air flow is altered.

Because radon has no taste, smell or color, a home must be tested to find out how much radon is in the air. Options for remediation of radon in the home are available at the CDPH Indoor Radon Program. Short-term test kits run cost from $7.30 to $12. Long-term test kits will cost more.

Health officials are urging people to check their homes for radon gas, which they called the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Health officials are also working with A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and the Minnesota Cancer Alliance to promote radon testing and reduction.


Radon levels vary throughout CT. Using census data, this translates to five people dying annually from radon-induced lung cancer in our region. Rocks and soil can contain uranium.

It's all in an effort to prevent the health risks from radon gas that can seep into homes from the ground. Radon is also found in building materials and in well water. Names will be entered into the drawing when the results of a radon test are received at the health department's office at 235 N. Taft St. Radon test kits can be picked up at the heath department office on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. One in four households tested in Nevada have levels at or above 4 pCi/l.

"Anywhere, you can get radon", McNeill said. If levels of radon are high (4 pCi/L or higher), the Connecticut DPH strongly recommends that homeowners enlist a radon mitigation professional to help lower the levels.

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