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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Health director urges residents to test homes for radon

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WEST HAVEN, Jan. 7, 2021 — January is National Radon Action Month, and city Health Director Maureen B. Lillis is encouraging residents to protect their health by testing their homes for radon, the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is a colorless, odorless and naturally occurring radioactive gas formed from the natural decay of uranium. It is found in rock, water and soil.

While radon in outdoor air poses a relatively low risk to human health, it can enter homes from the surrounding soil and become a health hazard inside buildings, Lillis said.

A limited number of free radon test kits have been made available to West Haven residents by the state Department of Public Health. To receive a test kit, call the city Health Department at 203-937-3660.

A sanitarian from the department will help with the kit’s placement in the home and retrieve it at the end of the testing period, Lillis said.

To learn more about radon, visit the DPH Radon Program webpage.

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