Radon: What you need to know
Testing for radon is a requirement for all new and existing child care centers. Radon is a naturally occurring odorless and colorless gas that is radioactive. In New Jersey, the highest concentrations are generally found in the northern
portion of the state, although radon is detected throughout New Jersey. Radon can impact indoor air by seeping through cracks in foundations and flooring. The EPA suggests a concentration of less than 4.0 picocuries per Liter (pCi/L) be maintained to minimize the adverse effect, which is lung cancer.
Who may do the testing? A New Jersey Certified radon measurement business, such as our company, can do the testing, as well as the property owner and their designee. All "frequently occupied rooms" which generally means classrooms and offices need to be tested.
To help child care center owners, the NJDEP has produced a Guidance document at their website https://njradon.org/scl_day.htm along with Frequently Asked Questions. The NJ Department of Children and Families remains responsible for ensuring that radon testing is performed on child care centers.