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Radon in Our Area
Program of the Month

 

While lead remains perhaps the most prominent building concern in the wake of the lead crises in Flint and Newark, there is another threat that residents and homeowners should prepare for: radon. Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that is generated naturally in the soil but can easily accumulate within buildings through gaps or cracks in building foundations, construction joints, and more. Radon has been identified as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and the leading cause for non-smokers, and thus represents a significant health hazard for residents.

It is estimated that one in six homes in New Jersey have elevated radon levels, but less than one in three have been tested for it. Northwest New Jersey is a particularly bad area for radon, as according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the entirely of Warren and Sussex counties are categorized as having “high radon potential.” Furthermore, the vast majority of Hunterdon and Somerset counties fall within that same category, and Morris County is split about evenly between “high radon potential” and “moderate radon potential.” For this reason, everyone should have their homes tested for radon, and there are several options for doing so. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has a list of certified companies that can provide Radon testing services, or individuals can purchase do-it-yourself kits from a variety of retailers.

For more information on radon see: http://nj1015.com/nj-urges-homeowners-to-test-for-this-deadly-radioactive-gas/ and http://www.njradon.org/.

 

Child care is a part of the daily routine for families with young children. Working parents rely on quality child care to ensure that their children are well-cared for while they work to support their families. Parents want their children in safe, nurturing environments that provide children with the skills necessary to have a successful life. Child & Family Resource Services (CFRS) helps families find, select, and pay for child care. CFRS is committed to the belief that all children deserve access to quality, affordable child care that is essential to maintaining family integrity and stability and that children have early childhood experiences that help them become successful.

This goal is achieved by providing free and confidential referrals for all regulated child care options. We offer on-line referrals, 24 hours a day that can be accessed through our agency's website at www.norwescap.org. To improve the quality of child care programs, CFRS provides professional development to help providers meet the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of children. CFRS currently administers child care subsidy to Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren County families that are in fulltime work, college, or training activities.

April is National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention month. CFRS continues our work
of building the capacity of early care and education providers to employ strategies that foster the protective factors that prevent child abuse and neglect among the families and communities that they serve. Our "Strengthening Families" approach focuses on family strengths and resiliency. Parents having access to child care is a major child abuse and neglect prevention strategy.

CFRS meets a need that no one else does by providing the bridge between parents,
providers, and policy makers.


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