January is Radon Awareness Month

Radon Test Kits are available for $7

The Cook County Radon Awareness Program is encouraging residents of Cook County to test their home for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into a house through cracks in the basement floor and walls, around the openings of the sump pump or through crawl spaces.  However, it is easy to test for and to fix your home. With people spending more time indoors due to the cold weather now is the ideal time to test.

“Testing for radon is one of the easiest and smartest things people can do to protect their homes and families from this serious health risk,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Addressing high radon levels greatly reduces exposure to the second leading cause of lung cancer.”

Radon occurs naturally from the decay of uranium in the soil and can accumulate to dangerous levels inside the home. Elevated levels of the colorless, odorless gas are the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Elevated levels of this health hazard in homes, schools, workplaces, and other buildings can be prevented through these simple steps:

  • Test: All buildings with or without basements should be tested for radon. Testing kits can be obtained for only $7 by calling the Cook County Department of Environmental Control at 708-865-6177. Leave your name, address and phone number. Affordable Do-It-Yourself radon test kits are also available online and at home improvement and hardware stores, or a qualified radon tester can be hired.
  • Fix: EPA recommends taking action to fix radon levels at or above 4 picoCuries per Liter (pCi/L) and contacting a qualified radon-reduction contractor.
  • Save a Life: 21,000 Americans die from radon related lung cancer each year, but by addressing elevated levels, you can help prevent lung cancer while creating a healthier home and community.

Additional information can be found here:

Radon Information Flier Radon Flier 2013

Radon Citizen’s Guide Radon -Citizen Guide

 

 

 

 

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6 comments
KentClark1
KentClark1

What exactly is radon? I don't know a lot about it. All I know is that it is dangerous to your health. It sounds like of like asbestos. I doubt too many home builders use it when they are building a home. http://www.certifiedradonkc.com/ 

avalaurie86
avalaurie86

I remember when I got my house checked and they found that it had high levels. I ended up moving to a different house after that. I made sure to check the radon levels, there too. Even now when my friends or family get a new home, I tell them to check for radon. http://www.certifiedradonkc.com/

homeinspecsn
homeinspecsn

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