Free radon test kits available to residents
January is National Radon Action Month.
In support of National Radon Action Month, the Trumbull Health Department urges residents to learn more about radon - a leading cause of lung cancer - and to test for radon in their homes.
The Health Department has a limited supply of free radon test kits for residents. Residents are asked to follow the instructions when conducting the radon test and to submit results to Air Check Inc. Results will be shared with homeowners as well as the Health Department.
Kits will be available while supplies last (one kit per address). To reserve your kit, contact the Health Department at 203-452-1030.
Radon is an invisible and odorless gas that can enter homes through cracks in the basement floor or from well water. Prolonged exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Only one in five homes has a radon problem. But the only way to know if your home is free of radon is to test it.
Radon levels vary throughout Connecticut. Because you cannot see, taste, or smell radon, the only way to determine if you have a radon problem in your home is to test for it. Testing involves placing a small device in your home for at least 48 hours and then sending the device to a laboratory for results. 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. However, radon exposure at any level poses some health risk, and according to the CT DPH, homeowners may want to consider reducing radon levels if they are greater than 2 pCi/L.
Radon mitigation professionals are trained to reduce radon in homes using ventilation and depressurization systems and other techniques. As with many home repairs, the cost of radon mitigation varies. The CT DPH estimates that the service may cost $1,200 to $1,500. A list of radon professionals is available on the CT DPH website (ct.gov/dph/radon).
Testing kits can also be purchased at the American Lung Association website at lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/indoor/indoor-air-pollutants/radon.html or by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA or 1-860-289-5401 to order a testing kit. Radon test kits can also be purchased at local hardware stores.
For more information about radon and radon testing, visit the Trumbull Health Department at trumbull-ct.gov/thd.