Betcha didn't know that January is not only National Soup Month, but it is also National Radon Action Month.
And what better way to take action than to initiate a radon test in your own home.
To make that task even easier, the Killingworth Health Department is giving out free radon test kits for residents.
Kits will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis from the Health District office at town hall. Supplies are limited. One kit per household please.
According to Wikipedia, radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. It emanates from the ground and has been considered the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) and leading environmental cause of cancer mortality by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Did you know that radon is present at elevated levels in about one in every five homes in CT? The EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related.
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure in your home, where you spend most of your time.
Testing is the only way to know if your home or well water has elevated radon levels.
The Killingworth Health Department is located at 323 Route 81 in Killingworth and is open Monday - Thursday from 8am to 12pm. If the health department is not open, you can ask for your radon kit at the town clerk's office. They are open Monday - Friday from 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm.