11/27/2018 - Free Radon Test Kits Available at FVHD
Free Radon Test Kits
It’s that time of year again when windows are kept shut and doors are kept closed. That makes it the perfect time to test your home for Radon!
What is Radon?
-Leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers in the U.S., claiming the lives of 20,000 American each year.
-Colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas found naturally in soils due to the decay of uranium.
-Radon gas moves through soil and into homes through cracks in the foundation, well water, gaps in suspended floors, cracks in walls, construction joints, cavities in walls, and gaps around service pipes.
-Homes trap radon inside, causing a build-up of the gas – Any home or building can have a Radon problem.
-Inhaled particles then stick to the airway linings and the lungs leading to an increased risk of lung cancer.
-Smokers and residents in homes with smoking are at even greater risk.
Do I have Radon in my home? If so what can I do?
-The U.S. Surgeon General recommends all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon.
-Testing for Radon is easy and inexpensive.
-Pick up a free kit at the Farmington Valley Health District while supplies last.
-Purchase a test kit from the American Lung Association: 1-800-LUNG-USA
-Purchase an EPA approved Radon Kits from retail establishments
-Follow instructions on the kit for proper placement of the device.
-Reduce elevated levels of radon
-The FVHD and EPA suggest reducing Radon levels in your home if they are 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or greater in air or 5,000 pCi/L or greater in water
Please come to the Farmington Valley Health District office, 95 River Road, Suite C, Canton. Monday – Friday, 8:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00 to pick up your free kit! If you need any information, please call us at (860)352-2333