January is Radon Action Month
Montgomery Township Health Department is offering free Radon Test kits starting January 1, while supplies last.
What is Radon? Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that is naturally present in the ground and enters houses through their foundations. When inhaled, it gives off radioactive particles that can damage the cells that line the lungs. Breathing radon for extended times increases the risk of lung cancer.
Where does radon come from? The soil. Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Uranium breaks down to radium. As radium disintegrates it turns into radioactive gas…radon. As a gas, radon moves up through soil and into the air you breathe. Since radon is widespread and concentrations vary greatly from home to home, everyone home having contact with the ground should be tested.
How serious a problem is radon in our area? High radon exists in every state in the U.S. Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill Borough rank as Tier 1 radon potential, meaning there is a high radon potential for homes in Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill Borough. Levels of radon can not only differ from town to town, but from neighbor to neighbor. You might get a reading and your neighbor might net get anything. That is why it is important to have your home tested.
If your home’s radon level is elevated, the exposure could increase one’s risk of lung cancer. However, a home’s radon level can be substantially reduced. The cost for reducing radon in your home is $900-$1,500, and the investment could make a home easier to sell.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and is responsible for several thousand preventable lung cancer deaths each year. Radon testing is a small investment that can pay big dividends for homeowners.
Please contact the Montgomery Township Health Department for more information and access to FREE radon test kits at (908) 359-8211 x227 or come pick up one today. Radon Kits will be provided on a first come first serve basis while supplies list.
Montgomery Township Health Department
Information last updated: November 7, 2018