Naugatuck Valley Health District, which includes the City of Shelton, urges residents to test for radon gas

The Naugatuck Valley Health District, Connecticut Department of Public Health, the American Lung Association of Connecticut, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urge all residents to test their homes for radon gas, and, if necessary, mitigate high levels when they are found in the abodes.

Radon is a naturally occurring colorless and odorless radioactive gas.

Radon enters the home through small cracks and holes in the basement.

Prolonged exposure to levels above four picocuries per liter it can increase one’s risk of getting lung cancer.

Public health officials have found that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., behind cigarette smoking, and the leading cause among non smokers.

If any resident smoke cigarettes, and have radon gas in their home, then their risk of coming down with lung cancer is even greater.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via the health district, an estimated 15,000 to 30,000 U.S. citizens die from radon-induced lung cancer each year.

“We live in an area of the country where elevated radon levels in homes are quite common,” Naugatuck Valley Health District Director of Health Jessica Kristy, Director of Health said.

“Most of Connecticut is located in a zone where there is a high to moderate potential for having a radon issue in the air or water in one’s home. Yet, many homeowners don’t think to test their homes annually. The only way to find out if your home has radon is to test for it. With that being said, now is a good time of year to do so,” Kristy said.

The heating season is the best time to test for radon because homes are closed up, and radon levels tend to build up indoors.

The health district organization, along with the state department of public health, the agency, and the association, are partnering together to promote radon testing, and mitigation.

Residents can call the health district to receive a free home test kit at 203 881-3255 extension 108.

The health district has 150 free test kits available on a first come first serve basis.

If a resident is a homebound individual, and, or if a resident has limited accessibility to transportation, then the resident should let the health district know so that they can best accommodate the resident.

Residents can also purchase a test kit by calling the American Lung Association of Connecticut directly at 1-800-LUNG USA, or by going online at

Residents can alternatively purchase a kit by visiting their local hardware store.

Kits are valued at around $15 so residents are encouraged not to wait, and call today.

For additional information about radon gas, residents can contact the health department at 203 881-3255, extension 108, or online at

Residents can also contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health Radon Program at 860 509-7367, or online at

The health district is grateful to the Valley Community Foundation for their generous funding opportunity to be able to implement this program.

The members of the health district want to thank them for making the opportunity possible for the community.

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