In support of National Radon Action Month, the Trumbull Health Department urges residents to learn more about radon — a leading cause of lung cancer — and to test for radon in their homes. To help promote testing, the Health Department has a limited number of free testing kits. To receive a free testing kit contact the Trumbull Health Department at 203-452-1030.  The department is offering one free test kit per address while supplies last to Trumbull residents during the month of January. Results of test will be returned to the Health Department, which will notify the homeowner.

Radon is an invisible and odorless gas that can enter homes through cracks in the basement floor or from well water. Prolonged exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Only one in five homes has a radon problem. But the only way to know is to test it.

Testing involves placing a small device placed in the home for at least 48 hours and then sent to a laboratory for results. If levels of radon are high, the Connecticut Department of Public Health strongly recommends that homeowners enlist a radon mitigation professional to help lower the levels.

Radon exposure at any level poses some health risk. Radon mitigation professionals are trained to reduce radon in homes using ventilation and depressurization systems and other techniques. As with many home repairs, the cost of radon mitigation varies, and the service may cost $1,200 to $1,500. A list of radon professionals is available at ct.gov/dph/radon.

Testing kits can also be purchased at the American Lung Association website or by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA or 860-289-5401 to order a testing kit. The American Lung Association of the Northeast is offering a radon test kit and information packet for $14.50.

For more information about radon and radon testing, visit the Trumbull Health Department, trumbull-ct.gov/thd.