Free radon test kits available from health district

SEYMOUR — The Naugatuck Valley Health District is offering free radon test kits to residents in towns in its coverage area, including Beacon Falls and Naugatuck.

Residents can pick up a radon test kit at the health department located at 98 Bank St. in Seymour starting Monday. Supplies are limited. Residents are asked to call the office at 203-881-3255 to make sure test kits are still available before coming to the health department.

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas formed from the natural decay of uranium and is found in rock, soil and water, a press release stated. Radon is an invisible gas that has no smell. Health officials estimate that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, the release stated.