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January has been designated Radon Action Month in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Dawn Cetrulo, Director of the Health Department, announced that January has been designated Radon Action Month in Ridgewood, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Program.

Radon is a serious health risk. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer — and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. But 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 through the soil and finds its way into homes through cracks in the foundation and openings around pumps, pipes and drains.

During Radon Action Month, Ridgewood will provide radon information in Village Hall at the Health Department on Level Five.

Radon is measured in picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. The average U.S. indoor level is 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 accidents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the DEP recommend that action be taken to reduce radon levels if the level in the home is greater than or equal to 4 pCi/L.

Fortunately, testing for radon is simple and inexpensive. The DEP Radon Program can provide a list of certified companies that provide testing services or do-it-yourself test kits – residents can contact the Program at (800) 648-0394 or Test kits can also be obtained from many hardware stores and health departments.

If the test indicates a radon problem, radon mitigation systems can be installed at a cost similar to that of other home repairs. A list of certified mitigation companies is also available from the Radon Program.
For more information on radon and to pick-up your free kit (Ridgewood residents only), contact the Ridgewood Health Department at 201-670-5500, ext. 502.

One thought on “January has been designated Radon Action Month in Ridgewood

  1. Great post! Radon is something that should never be ignored no matter what month it is. Testing your home for radon can save your life!

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