Free radon test kits are now available to Hackensack residents through a joint effort of the Health Department and the radon section of the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium. Radon is found in soil all over the world, but New Jersey has particularly high levels of radon due to its uranium-rich natural environment.
The gas can accumulate in enclosed places, such as homes or other buildings, but can only be detected by tests designed specifically for the gas, which is invisible and has no odor.
All homeowners are encouraged to test their homes for radon because long-term exposure to the gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
The free kits are available at the Health Department, 215 State St., Hackensack NJ 07601
More information about radon and the testing kits is available by contacting Susan McVeigh (201)646-3965
The State DEP Radon Section is available at 800-648-0394 or online at www.njradon.org.