Health Dept Announces Radon Action Month

Health Dept Announces Radon Action Month

Tuesday, December 2, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January Radon Action Month and the Montclair Health Department, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Program, will help raise awareness about this naturally occurring radioactive gas.

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.

“Radon is a serious health risk,” said township Health Officer and Health Department Director Susan Portuese. “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.”

During Radon Action Month, the Montclair Health Department will provide free radon test kits to Montclair residents on a first-come, first-served basis. The kit contains a radon canister and a self-addressed and stamped envelope to send the canister to a lab for testing.

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 can be found at www.njradon.org.

For more information or to sign up to receive a kit, please contact the Montclair Health Department at 973-509-4970.