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Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. This gas is drawn into your home through cracks or other openings in the foundation. Radon gas cannot be seen and is odorless. The Surgeon General has warned that radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in The United States.

Radon can be found all over the United States, but some areas of the country are considered high-risk zones. Southeastern Connecticut is located in high-risk zone 1 which means homes in this area on average are more likely to test at radon levels of 4pCi/L or greater. Radon levels may also vary from one home to another. Your neighbor may have elevated levels, but your home may be fine. The only way to know if your home has radon is to test for it.

Testing is easy and can be performed by a homeowner. Low-cost kits can be purchased www.lungne.org (1-800-LUNG-USA) or local hardware and improvement stores. Click this video to learn how to test for radon.  

Ledge Light Health District provides mitigation guidance and educational materials.

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health maintains a list of individuals and organizations licensed to conduct radon inspection and abatement activities


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