WESTPORT, Conn. Radon, an odorless, tasteless, invisible radioactive gas that has been linked to lung cancer, may be seeping into your Westport home. Thats why the Westport Weston Health District is offering a limited number of free, do-it-yourself radon testing kits to residents next month.
Radon is formed from the radioactive decay of radium and uranium, which occurs naturally in bedrock. It is drawn into homes through cracks and other openings in the foundation and can accumulate, especially in winter when the heating is on and the windows are closed, a statement from the health department said. The U.S. surgeon general has warned that exposure to elevated levels of radon in indoor air is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers.
Exposure to radon does not cause any symptoms, and because it is odorless, you may not know you are being exposed. The free kits are available at the health district from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The American Lung Association and the National Radon Program Services will also offer testing kits.
For additional information, call Monica Wheeler at the health district at 203-227-9571, Ext. 242, or visit www.wwhd.org .
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