Indicator Profile of Radon Screening

Why Is This Important?

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of naturally occurring uranium in soil and rock. Radon can only be detected by specialized tests and can enter homes through openings that are in contact with the ground. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The risk of cancer decreases as the radon concentration decreases so it is recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection that every home be tested and mitigated when radon levels are 4 pCi/L or more.

Cumulative Percentage of Homes That Have Been Tested for Radon by Year, New Jersey (*HNJ2010/HNJ2020*)

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Data Notes

**This is a Healthy New Jersey 2010 (HNJ2010) and Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective.** HNJ2010 target is 30.0%. The number of tests was determined by looking at standard (tests that were not duplicate or blank), non-post-mitigation tests that were conducted in residential buildings in the period between January 1, 1992 and December, 31st of the calendar year considered. 

Data Sources

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Environmental Radiation, Radon Section;  United States Census Bureau; 


Percentage of New Jersey homes that have ever been tested for radon.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of homes in New Jersey that have ever been tested for radon during a specified interval.
Denominator: Number of homes in New Jersey as of the end point of the specified interval.

Page Content Updated On 07/30/12, Published on 05/03/13
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