Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD), the local health department for Bethany, Hamden, North Haven and Woodbridge, has a limited supply of free radon testing kits available for District only residents. Radon is a natural element that results from the decay of uranium. Long term exposure to radon can increase the risk of lung cancer, particularly in smokers. Any home can have radon, whether it is old or new. Testing is the only way to identify it. Most homes can be fixed for a reasonable cost. District residents only who have not previously received a free kit from QVHD in the past can pick up one test kit at the District office, 1151 Hartford Turnpike, North Haven Monday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00 am or Thursday afternoons between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. until the supply is gone. Kits are available on a first come, first serve basis until the supply is gone. Call QVHD, 203 248-4528 if you have a question. Note: If you picked up a kit last year and have not used it, the expiration date has been extended and the test kit can still be used.