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Have You Checked Your Home for Radon Yet?

If not, Hillsborough has some resources you can call on during Radon Action Month.

Hillsborough Township Health Officer Glen Belnay urges residents to check for radon this month as part of the township's Radon Action Month. Credit: John Patten
Hillsborough Township Health Officer Glen Belnay urges residents to check for radon this month as part of the township's Radon Action Month. Credit: John Patten
Radon, an odorless and colorless radioactive gas, kills about 500 New Jerseyans each year, but township officials are hoping residents will take steps to make sure none of those fatalities are in Hillsborough.

The Township Committee proclaimed Radon Action Month at Tuesday's meeting in hopes of encouraging residents who haven't tested their homes for the gas to do so.

According to information from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection linkd to the township's website, radon causes lung cancer much like smoking. It can be easily tested for—Somerset County is offering test kits for $10 that can be picked up at  the Somerset County Department of Health, 27 Warren St., Somerville (but call 908-231-7155 first to make sure supplies haven't run out)—and only requires minor repairs to remediate.

At Tuesday's meeting, township Health Officer Glen Belnay said the health office is a resource available for residents with questions.

"Being aware and measuring is your best defense," Dr. Belnay said.
Tara O'Brien January 15, 2014 at 08:56 PM
According to the county press release, Hillsborough is not a location where you can pick up a radon kit but you can in many other towns: http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/cms/Service/NJSOMER/NJSOMER_153/NJSOMER_153_72635.htm If the township committee is making the proclamation, why don't they make our municipal complex a pick-up location? It would be far more convenient.
Christo Greek March 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Radiation Data- A full service Radon Testing Lab and Mitigation Firm since 1983, would like to extend its services to the residents as well. Please feel free to Contact - Christopher Jost at (908)-510-8348 to discuss testing and free estimates for Mitigation.... also specializing in Basement Waterproofing & Mold Issues....

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