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Posted on: December 2, 2021

West Haven residents urged to test for radon

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WEST HAVEN, Dec. 2, 2021 — 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.

Lillis said testing for the presence of radon in the home is recommended in the winter months.

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 deliver the kit and help place it in the home, Lillis said.

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

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