Health district offering free radon test kits

Did you know that exposure to Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths after smoking?

Although there are major health risks linked to Radon exposure, many families have not tested their homes for Radon, according to a release from the Naugatuck Valley Health District.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium found in soil and rock. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless, so the only way to know if you have elevated levels in your home is to test.

The local health district is partnering with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to educate the community on the dangers of radon and to urge residents to test their homes. Testing is easy and inexpensive, and only takes a moment of your time.

As part of Radon Action Month, the Naugatuck Valley Health District is offering free radon test kits for the residents of Shelton, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck and Seymour, on a first come first serve basis, as there is a limited supply.

Residents interested in a radon test kit should call the health district at 203-881-3255. The kits will be available for pick up at the NVHD office, 98 Bank Street, Seymour.

Local offerings

NVHD staff will also be going to community locations to provide free test kits:

• Feb. 4 — 9:30-11 a.m. at the Ansonia Library.

• Feb. 5 — 10-12 p.m. at the Naugatuck Library.

• Feb. 6 — 2-4 p.m. at the Shelton Plumb Memorial Library.

• Feb. 26 — 12-2 p.m. at the Derby Library.

For more information, call Amy Shields at 203-881-3255.