The state Department of Public Health (DPH) urges Connecticut residents to test their homes for radon gas, the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
Health officials estimate that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. A naturally occurring radioactive gas formed from the natural decay of uranium, radon is found in rock, soil and water. While radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low threat to human health, it can enter homes from the surrounding soil and become a health hazard inside buildings. Because you can’t see or smell radon, people are often unaware that this silent killer could be in their homes.