Northbrook earth day logoThe Cook County Department of Environmental Control will participate in Northbrook’s Earth/Arbor Day event from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16 at the Northbrook Village Green, 1810 Walters Avenue in Northbrook.

The department will have information resources for residents, such as radon testing. The County will offer information on radon home testing and radon test kits* will be available for immediate sale for the low price of $7.00 each (Please bring a check or money order payable to Cook County Department of Environmental Control).

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. It can enter homes and buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall in the U.S. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency estimates nearly 1,200 Illinois citizens die from radon-related lung cancer each year and the Surgeon General estimates that radon may cause as many as 21,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. The Cook County Department of Environmental Control and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency urge people throughout Cook County to test their homes for radon. For more information on testing your home for radon please call (708) 865-6177 or visit here 

For more Radon information visit IEMA’s radon page . For more information on the event, see the flier or visit Northbrook’s website.
*Please note that these kits are recommended for residential use. For testing schools and commercial spaces, please consult a measurement professional; see the list of available measurement professionals here http://www.illinois.gov/iema/NRS/Radon/Pages/Commercial.aspx

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