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Ridgefield, NJ, January 2, 2024-Mayor Hugo Jimenez announced today that the month of January has been designated Radon Action Month by the Borough of Ridgefield, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Program.

In announcing Radon Action Month,Mayor Jimenez said, “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.

“Seven percent (7%) of homes in Ridgefield are predicted to be above the acceptable limits for radon,” Mayor Jimenez said. “We would like to see as many homes tested as possible, to reduce the radon risk in Ridgefield.”

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. Test kits can be obtained locally from the Ridgefield Health Department for a low cost of $12.00 and from many hardware stores. Additionally, the DEP Radon Program can provide a list of certified companies that provide testing services or do-it-yourself test kits.

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, contact the Ridgefield Health Department at 201-943-6062 or the DEP Radon Program at (800) 648-0394 or visit www.njradon.org.

  • Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soil.
  • Invisible and colorless, it is hazardous when it accumulates in large amounts.
  • After cigarette smoke, it is the second largest cause of lung cancer.
  • RADON TESTING - the Ridgefield Health Department offers radon test kits for sale.
  • The kits allow you to test the level of radon in your home. The kit is then sent to a lab which reports the results back to you.
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