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2/17/2015 - Radon Awareness and FREE Test Kits

According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), radon is an “odorless, tasteless, invisible gas that is produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water”. Radon can be found in the outside air, and in buildings and houses.

 

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The EPA estimates that every year about 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States are due to radon.

 

The Fairfield Health Department will host a radon awareness presentation. The presentation will take place on Monday, February 23rd from 12:30-1:30pm at the Fairfield Main Library (1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield) in the Memorial Room. Preregistration is not required for this event.

 

This presentation will include a general understanding of what radon is, how to test your home and protect your loved ones, and if you do have radon how to fix it. Additionally, FREE radon home test kits will be provided on a first come first serve basis and pending availability. A demonstration on how to use the kits will be included in the presentation.

 

Free radon test kits are also available at the Fairfield Health Department (Independence Hall – 725 Old Post Road) while supplies last. Please call 203-256-3020 for more information and availability.

 

For more information please contact Santina Galbo, Health Educator, at 203-256-3150 or sgalbo@town.fairfield.ct.us.