CONNECTICUT, USA — January is National Radon Month. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause cancer.
The Connecticut Department of Health (DPH) is asking residents to test their homes for the gas which they say is the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality.
It is estimated by Health Officials that radon is responsible for more than 21,00 lung cancer deaths in the country. CT DPH says radon measurement and mitigation, when needed, is especially important during the COVID-19 as families spend more time in the lower levels of their houses where radon levels can be higher.
“With more Connecticut residents spending more time indoors at work and school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more reason to test radon levels in your home,” said Acting Connecticut DPH Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford, MD MPH. “Many people are unaware of the harmful health risk of radon in their homes because it is not a gas you can see, smell or taste. The only way to detect this silent killer is through testing, and that is why the DPH Radon Program works together with local health departments across the state to make sure residents are well informed about these risks. Testing and reducing when high levels are found is critical to protecting against lung cancer and saving your life or the lives of your loved ones. I would encourage anyone with questions to visit our website or check in with their local health department to find out more.”
Radon is formed from the natural decay of uranium and is found in rock, water, and soil.
There are 33 CT Health Departments/District Partners that were given 2,075 free test kits to distribute in their communities.