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The following information was received from Chesprocott Health District:
The month of January has been designated as "Radon Awareness Month" by the United States EPA and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. It is a time when doors and windows are usually kept closed, making it an opportune times to conduct radon tests.
You cannot see radon and you cannot smell or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home. That is because when you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Testing is the only way to find out your home's radon levels. Chesprocott Health District has a limited number of free radon kits available to residents of Cheshire, Prospect, and Wolcott. The office is located at 1247 Highland Avenue (Route 10) in Cheshire. Radon pamphlets are also available. Staff can assist you if you have questions.