Radon Program

  • State Radon Poster Contest for Kids Ages 9 – 14

    The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) is sponsoring a State Radon Poster Contest. The goal of the contest is to raise the awareness about lung cancer prevention, the harmful effects of elevated levels of indoor radon, and encourage radon testing in all homes. Radon testing is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic as many more CT residents are spending more time at home while telecommuting or distance learning and often using the lower levels of their home as workspaces.

    Children between the ages of 9-14 from schools across the state are eligible to participate in this contest. Select posters will be featured in a gallery show at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford in January and the artists of these select posters will receive a free radon test kit. The top 13 posters will be reproduced in a 2021 calendar and distributed to all participants. The first prize winning poster will be submitted to the National Radon Poster Contest to be judged by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors E-25 Committee on

     

    All poster entries must be sent into the CT DPH Radon Program by November 30, 2020.  Submission guidelines are outlined in the 2020 – 2021 Radon Poster Contest Rules. Radon.  Check out this year’s  Virtual Radon Poster Contest Lesson on the CTDPH  YouTube Channel.

     

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Program Initiatives

In order to reduce the number of radon-induced lung cancer deaths in CT, the Radon Program focuses on the following activities:

  • Providing technical assistance to local health departments, local building officials, realtors, home inspectors, other state agencies, and the general public about radon;

  • Overseeing radon measurement activities in all public schools; and providing technical guidance and assistance to private industry, school officials, and local health departments;

  • Conducting education and outreach campaigns throughout the year, particularly during January, which is designated as National Radon Action Month;

  • Compiling and maintaining lists of radon measurement and mitigation professionals who have been certified by the two national non-profit organizations (AARST-National Radon Proficiency Program and the National Radon Safety Board); and referring the general public to those professionals;

  • Collaborating with local health departments, private industry, other state agencies, and other non-profit organizations to promote radon awareness, testing, mitigation and radon-resistant new construction activities throughout Connecticut.  The program currently works with the American Lung Association, the CT Department of Consumer Protection, real estate professionals, local health departments, the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, the CT State Department of Education, and the CT Department of Public Works;

  • Collaborating with the CT State Department of Education to incorporate radon-resistant new construction features in all newly built schools throughout the state;

  • Collaborating with the Department of Economic and Community Development and private industry to test for radon gas, and mitigate high levels of radon in homes receiving assistance through Community Development Block Grant funds; and

  • Developing policies, protocols, and educational opportunities for the industry to promote the quality of radon-related activities

 

The CT DPH Radon Program’s mission is to promote radon awareness, testing, mitigation, and radon-resistant new construction throughout the state in order to reduce the number of radon-induced lung cancer deaths in Connecticut.

 

 

 

While supplies last, you can obtain a free radon test kit at partnering local health departments/districts.

Kits are only available from December through mid-March

Click on map above for participating health departments/districts.

 

For a listing of local health departments/districts and how to contact them, click here.

 

 

You can purchase a low cost test kit from the American Lung Association of New England. 

Call  1-800-LUNG-USA  (1-800-586-4872) or visit lung.org

 

 

 

Check out our our video demonstrating how to test your home for Radon!