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Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed by the decay of uranium in rocks, soil, and water. Radon is invisible, odorless, and tasteless, and can only be detected through specialized tests. Luckily testing for radon is easy and inexpensive

Why is Radon Dangerous?

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking. More people die from radon than from drunk driving, fires, and drownings. It disperses quickly in the outdoor environment, but it can build up in the home. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommends that all homeowners test their homes for radon. 

How Does Radon Get Into My Home?

Radon can seep from soil into homes, depending on a number of factors: how much uranium in in the soil under the home and the number and size of openings into the home (such as cracks in flooring, openings around pipes, and sump pits). Radon may also be present in well water and can be released into the air in your home when your water is used for showering and other household uses. 

How Do I Test My Home for Radon?

The first step is to perform a radon test. You can get a test kit at any home improvement store, in superstores such as Walmart, and online at retailers like The DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have established that homes with a 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter) or more of radon should be fixed. Whatever test you choose, carefully read the directions and any other materials provided- it will explain how your test works and how to read the results. 

This map shows all the townships in Burlington County and how much of a radon risk they pose. Living in a tier 1 town does not necessarily mean your house definitely has a high level of radon; and living in a tier 3 town does not mean you have absolutely nothing to worry about- this is why testing is important. 

radon map

Currently, they Burlington County Health Department has a limited supply of free radon test kits available for the public. To obtain one or to check if we still have stock, please call 609-265-5523.

If we are out, remember that radon tests are very inexpensive and can be found at a number of locations and online. While we are not excluding residents from other municipalities from receiving a free test kit, we strongly recommend you to allow people from Chesterfield, Mansfield, and Washington Townships to obtain their kits, and urge you to purchase your own.