Rutgers Center Helps Struggling Homeowners Breathe Easier: Children cheer removal of 'poison' radon gas

Benjamin Wolfgang and his sister, Sage, are thrilled to play in their basement again. And their mother, Dawn, is breathing easier knowing that Rutgers helped install a system to remove radon – the second leading cause of lung cancer – from their home.

“As soon as the workers left, both our children ran downstairs and danced around their former playroom singing, ‘They fixed the poison gas! They fixed the poison gas!’’’ Dawn Wolfgang said. “I truly feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.’’

As part of a three-year project, the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers has helped install mitigation systems to protect low-income families from radon, a naturally occurring, odorless, colorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.