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Free radon test kits available to Washington Township, Morris County residents

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

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers 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.

Statistics indicate that of the homes tested for radon in Washington Township, many have recorded above acceptable levels. Due to radon levels varying 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.

Radon Test Kits will be available free of charge for Washington Township residents (with proof of residency) at the Washington Township Health Department at 43 Schooley’s Mountain Rd., Long Valley, NJ while supplies last.

The kit includes the testing canister, instructions, pre-paid mailer and laboratory testing kit. Results are emailed or mailed directly to the homeowner.

The Health Department encourages all residents to test their homes for radon.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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