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Radon I  Washington Township Health Department, Morris County, New Jersey, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Radon Program, announces that January has been designated Radon Awareness Month.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. However, because radon is invisible and odorless, it is easy to ignore this potential hazard in our own homes.

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium and radium break down in the soil and in rock formations. Radon gas moves up into the home through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes and drains.

Over 1/3 of the homes tested for radon in Washington Township in 2017, exceeded the maximum contaminant level. Because radon levels vary from house to house, the only way to determine if your home exceeds the action level is to test it for radon.

Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. The average U.S. indoor level is about 1.3 pCi/L. At 4 pCi/L, the risk of lung cancer from radon is greater than the risk from fire or other home sources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the NJDEP recommend that action be taken to reduce radon levels if the level in the home is greater than or equal to 4 pCi/L.

Once again this year, Washington Township is fortunate to have obtained a grant from the State of New Jersey for the purpose of promoting Radon awareness.  For that reason, Radon Test Kits will be available at the Health Department for a reduced rate of $6.00 per kit, while supplies last.  The kit includes the testing canister, instructions, pre-paid mailer and laboratory testing. Results are mailed directly to the homeowner.

The Health Department encourages all residents to test their homes for Radon