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Passaic County Initiates Radon Awareness Program

The Passaic County Department of Health announced on March 13 that it will once again participate in the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Bureau's special radon awareness program to promote testing for radon in homes.

In its "Radon Awareness Program" (RAP), the DEP Radon Bureau provides outreach assistance to promote radon testing in homes. For communities participating in RAP, the DEP provides the county health department with radon informational materials regarding how residents can reduce the risk to radon exposure. The Passaic County Department of Health and the Passaic County Cancer Coalition want to ensure that residents are aware of the need to test their homes and reduce radon levels where necessary. The state provided funds to the Passaic County Department of Health for a limited amount of free radon test kits.

"We have been targeting homeowners in Ringwood Borough, West Milford Township, Wanaque Borough, Pompton Lakes Borough and Bloomingdale Borough in Passaic County," said Irene Jessie Hunte, Passaic County health officer. "These towns located in the New Jersey Highlands have the potential for the highest levels of radon in the county. However, any Passaic County homeowner can reserve a kit."

Test kits will be available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a kit, call 973-881-4396. Arrangements to pick up reserved radon test kits at the Passaic County Department of Health, Ringwood Health Department, Wanaque Health Department, and the West Milford Health Department will be made.

About radon:

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when uranium breaks down in the soil and rock formations. Small amounts of uranium are found in nearly all soils and rocks. Radon gas moves up through the soil and finds its way into homes through cracks in the foundation and openings around sump pumps, pipes and drains. Testing is the only way to know if a family is at risk from radon.

High radon levels are associated with a greater risk of lung cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer resulting in approximately 21,000 deaths in the United States per year.

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The first step to help ensure the safety of you and your family’s health and safety is to have your home tested for radon. At St. Louis Radon, our professional testers deploy the latest in computerized electronic real-time radon monitoring technology to provide you with a comprehensive report, including a complete visual graph of radon level data points as recorded over a 48-hour sampling period.

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If testing indicates levels of radon that require action, our team of engineers and technicians will design and install a custom radon mitigation system to safely and effectively redirect radon and other soil gasses out of your home. We also take additional measures to seal and close other possible breaches in the foundation that could let soil gasses into the through cracks or drain tiles systems.

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New Construction

With new home construction projects, it is crucial to determine the level of radon that may be present in the soil before the home is built. It’s also critical to have the new home retested for potential radon concentrations immediately following occupancy. We also highly recommend installing an Active Dampness Control System (ADC) with every new build.

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