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Free Radon Test Kits Available for Killingworth Residents

January is National Radon Action Month, and Killingworth's Health Department has test kits for residents

January has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as National Radon Action Month, and this national effort to take action against radon extends locally.

You can't see it, smell it, or taste it, but radon may be sneaking into your home. The only way to know if this dangerous radioactive gas is present in your home is by testing. The Killingworth Health Department has a limited number of radon test kits. They are simple to use.

Says the EPA's website: "Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure.  If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family."

Radon, explains the Connecticut Department of Public Health's publication Radon Basic Facts, "is formed from the radioactive decay of radium and uranium, which occur naturally in bedrock worldwide."

Radon is commonly found in rock, water and soil. The publication goes on to say "higher concentrations are possible near certain types of bedrock (granite, shale) that have high uranium content."

The State Health Department provided the town with about a dozen test kits, and Health Director Maura Esposito has requested an additional 50 kits. Last year, the town received 50 test kits.

Radon test kits can be picked up at Town Hall Monday through Thursday from 8:30am until 12:30pm. The package contains Radon Basic Facts, instructions, a test canister, a test information card, a seal for the canister, and a postage paid envelope. The duration of the test is two to seven days.

Basically, one completes the information card, removes the label from the canister, and exposes the canister in a selected location for two to seven days. Next, the canister is sealed with a label which reads "Use This Label To Seal Perforated Side Of Canister". The date and time the test was stopped is filled in on the test card, and then the canister and card are mailed off according to the directions.

According to Esposito, radon test kits are also available through the American Lung Association if Killingworth Health Department runs out.

"If I can give them at no cost, I would prefer to do that. I think people are more grateful of that," Esposito said.

Please stop by the land use office Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 12:30pm to get your free radon test kit. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Health Director, Maura Esposito at 860-663-1765 ext. 223.

Mariellen Cherry January 14, 2013 at 03:59 AM
My family business "Energy-Tech" is... Mitigating Radon Gas in both the AIR & Water. My father started one of the first Radon Mitigation companies in Connecticut in 1987. We are located in Haddam and have been a successful company due to our service & professionalism but mostly because of our constant referrals from Real-Estate Agents. Most people do not realize they have a Radon problem until they sell or buy a home. Be "Pro-active" get your free test kit and test your home. RADON GAS IS THE 2ND CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER! 23,000 deaths a year. You can brush it off as another way that some company is trying to scare you into hiring them "or" you can research it and figure it out for yourself. I have been in too many homes where someone has lung cancer and they have no idea where it came from...and then they test their basement. Sometimes my job is very sad, because we are called too late. The damage has been done and I find myself in some strangers house with a cup of coffee trying to comfort a Wife, husband or other family member while their loved is upstairs dying of lung-cancer, who has never smoked a day in their life. Don't be negligent, test your Air & Well Water. Energy-Tech www.energytech-brasky.com A great web site is...Cansar.org or just goggle "Radon Gas" Mariellen Brasky-Cherry /Sales Manager email: energytech-brasky2@comcast.net
Mariellen Cherry January 14, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Wendy, please post my blog. I really am passionate about what I do and I think it is great that the towns & state are finally starting to realize that Radon is a huge problem. P.S. thanks for all of your positive coverage during our great hkfh field-hockey run.
Observor January 14, 2013 at 01:48 PM
RADON GAS IS THE 2ND CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER! 23,000 deaths a year. More like 20,000, but in any event only 2,000 to 3,000 a year involve non-smokers (a lot fewer than die of viral hepatitis every year), and the EPA, which puts out these numbers, doesn't provide any details like breakdowns by state or how many people worked in places like mines where there may have been heavy exposure to radon. Doesn't seem like that "huge" a problem to me, but then my livelihood doesn't depend upon making it seem huge. And I have two other questions: 1. The radon remediation industry was born in the 1980s. To what extent, if any, has the incidence of radon-related lung cancer declined since then? 2. Assuming the "I was too late for that cancer victim" stories are true, I also wonder why only one person in the house got sick.

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