Radon gas is a decay product of radioactive uranium that cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. Certain soils may contain high levels of radon, and well water that passes through may be a significant source of radon in a home. High levels of radon occur in Fairfield County. 

Exposure to radon increases your risk of developing lung cancer, especially when exposure is combined with smoking or inhaling someone else’s smoke. 

The simplest way to find out if your house has high levels of radon is a carbon filter test, which can be done by the homeowner.

The Health Department, in the Birdseye Municipal Complex, has radon test kits. Information is available at 203-385-4090.

Kits are available commercially, or may be purchased by calling the Radon Hotline, 1-800-SOS-RADON, operated by the National Safety Council.