January is ‘Radon Action Month’ in Illinois
Published Wednesday, December 30, 2020
IEMA, American Lung Association Encourages Home Radon Testing
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging residents to take time in the coming weeks to test their home for radon as part of Radon Action Month. Radon related health risks are preventable with a simple home detection test.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is recognized as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium and radium in the soil. This odorless, colorless, tasteless gas is found all over the United States in the air that we breathe in buildings, homes, offices and if not properly mitigated can reach drastically high levels causing major health concerns. It’s estimated more than 1,100 people in Illinois develop radon-related lung cancer each year.
“With more people staying home, working and learning remotely, this is a great time to test your home for radon,” said IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Radon enters our homes through cracks and other holes in the structure’s foundation or crawl space. Homes trap radon where it can build up once inside. It is important to note that radon can be found in older buildings and new constructions. A simple home test is an inexpensive and easy way to know if you and your family is at risk of exposure.”
Author: Mike Fair - Director of YHA, Real Estate Instructor