NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut State Department of Public Health is urging residents to test their homes for radon gas.
Radon gas is an odorless and invisible radioactive gas and is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Health officials estimate radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.
The DPH recommends residents test their homes for radon in the winter months because this is when it tends to build up indoors.
Residents can get a free radon testing kit by completing an online form on the DPH Radon Program website.
Kits can also be purchased from the American Lung Association of New England at 1-800-LUNG-USA or at a local hardware store.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that homes with radon levels at or above 4.0 pCi/L should be fixed. Homeowners should consider fixing homes with radon levels that are between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.
Radon problems can be fixed by a qualified radon contractor and typically costs between $1,200 and $1,500.