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HVHD distributing free Radon test kits for residents

For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH) and Housatonic Valley Health District are encouraging residents to test their homes for radon gas, the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.

HVHD has joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and CTDPH to encourage residents to check their homes for radon by offering a limited number of free test kits. Radon test kits can be picked up from New Milford (10 Main Street, New Milford, CT 06776) and Southbury (77 Main Street N #205, Southbury, CT 06488) offices during their normal business hours. 

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas which comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. When emitted into open air, radon is rendered virtually harmless. However, when it becomes trapped into an enclosed structure such as a house, radon can accumulate to dangerous levels over an extended period of time.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa Morrissey, Director of Health at HVHD, states, “While radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low risk to human health, it can enter homes and become a health hazard inside buildings. Since you can’t see, taste, or smell radon, people are often unaware that radon could be in their homes. By testing for radon, you could save your own life and the lives of those you love. ”The radon test kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be picked up at New Milford and Southbury offices. For information, visit www.hvhdct.gov/environmental-health/radon/ or call 203-264-9616.

            The Housatonic Valley Health District serves New Milford, Oxford, Southbury, Washington, and Woodbury. The Housatonic Valley Health District’s mission is to create better health outcomes and promote the highest attainable standard of health. It accomplishes this through three principles: prevention, education, and outreach. HVHD prevents disease, injury, and disability for its communities through regular inspections of public and private businesses and homes to ensure conditions exist where people can be healthy. HVHD uses education to inform the public and health practitioners on public health best practices, policy information, and the impacts and methods of prevention for the spread of communicable diseases. HVHD conducts outreach to engage their communities that experience obstacles in accessing the public health services they need, deliver vaccines to the community, and advocate for needed and beneficial health policies.

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