GREENWICH, Conn. -- January is Radon Action Month in the U.S. and for the twelfth straight year, the Greenwich Department of Health has received grant funds from the state to provide reduced cost radon-in-air tests to residents.
Beginning this week, and continuing through February, radon-in-air tests will be offered at a reduced fee of $30 (compared with the department’s regular fee of $60 per test) to residents.
Radon is present at elevated levels in about one of every five Connecticut homes, the state Environmental Protection Agency said. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that is normally harmlessly dispersed in outdoor air, but can reach harmful levels when it enters and gets trapped in buildings, particularly in the winter months when homes and other buildings are closed up.
“We are pleased to offer the special radon testing program to Greenwich residents for the twelfth year. We continue to offer this program because radon is a serious public health hazard,” said Director of Health Caroline Calderone Baisley.
All residents are encouraged to test their homes for radon, particularly in rooms where people spend a lot of their time, including the basement. Even if a home has been tested previously, re-testing should be considered, especially if any construction work has recently been done.
Radon testing kits may be obtained from the Department’s Laboratory located on the ground floor of Town Hall, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Once the test kit is received, testing should be begun in the home the same day and the kit returned to the lab four days later. Results will be delivered by mail.
For more information on radon, radon testing and radon mitigation, call the Greenwich Department of Health Laboratory at 203-622-7843.
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