Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

January 3, 2020
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


January is National Radon Action Month - Test Your Home. Protect Your Health

NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce that January is Radon Action Month, a good time to learn about radon and its risks, and how to get your home tested.

"Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. It can build up in your home, get into the air you breathe, and can cause lung cancer in you and your loved ones," said Dr. Ruppert.

Radon usually comes from the surrounding rocks and soil under your home's foundation and can enter through cracks and openings on the lowest level of your home. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Though radon can get into any type of building, including homes, offices, and schools, you and your family are likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from exposure to radon. The New York State Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon.

The Health Department's Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides free, home radon testing for low to moderate-income families and seniors. A brief home-safety survey is required at the time of the visit. To schedule a free radon test, while supplies last, call (845) 364-3290 or (845) 364-3292. For more information on the HNP, visit

Residents can also get radon test kits from the New York State Department of Health, for a fee of $11. To learn more about radon and radon testing, fixing your radon problem, radon-resistant new construction, and for a list of approved radon testing labs and certified radon mitigation professionals, call the New York State Department of Health at (800) 458-1158, e-mail at or visit Information about radon is also available on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website at