In support of National Radon Action Month, the Trumbull Health Department is urging residents to learn more about radon – a leading cause of lung cancer – and to test for radon in their homes. The Health Department has a limited supply of free radon test kits for residents.

The kit includes simple instructions for residents to test the air in the homes and get their results from Air Check Inc. Results will be shared with homeowners and the Health Department. Kits will be available while supplies last (one kit per address). Priority will be given to residents who have not received a free test kit from the Trumbull Health Department before. To reserve a kit, contact the Health Department at 203-452-1030.

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. Radon levels vary throughout Connecticut. Only one in five homes has a radon problem. But the only way to know for sure is to test.

Testing involves placing a small device inside the home for at least 48 hours and then sending the device to a laboratory for results. If levels of radon are high the state health department strongly recommends that homeowners enlist a radon mitigation professional to help lower the levels. However, radon exposure at any level poses some health risk and homeowners may consider taking action to reduce levels even if they are below the recommended maximum.

Radon mitigation professionals are trained to reduce radon in homes using ventilation and depressurization systems and other techniques. Cost of radon mitigation averages about $1,200 to $1,500 but as with many home repairs, the cost of radon mitigation varies. A list of radon professionals is available at ct.gov/dph/radon.

Testing kits can also be purchased at the American Lung Association website (lung.org) or by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA or 1-860-289-5401 to order a testing kit. Radon test kits can also be purchased at local hardware stores.

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