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Health officials urge residents to test for radon

Health officials urge residents to test for radon

"You can't see or smell radon, so testing is the only way to know how high the radon levels are in your home", said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG.

Radon is naturally occurring and comes from the radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the USA and the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Local indoor radon test data assembled by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency over the last 10 years reveals an alarming statistic: 47 percent of the indoor radon tests performed in Kendall County homes shows results at or above the action limit.

If elevated radon concentrations are found, can it be fixed?

There is no safe level for radon, but the EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend fixing homes that have levels at or above 4pCi/L (picocurie per liter). "While there could be a very low level of radon at one home, there can be a very high level at the house next door". Minnesota has high radon levels due to its unique geology and cold climate.

Radon testing is not required by law or regulated in Wisconsin. Radon can not be seen, smelled or tasted, making testing the only way to determine if it is in your home.




Radon-resistant construction requires a bit of extra work when building the foundation.

"January is Radon Action Month, a good time to learn about radon and its risks, and get your home tested announced Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert". However, radon exposure at any level poses some health risk, and homeowners may want to consider reducing radon levels if they are greater than 2 pCi/L. The maximum reading for Greene County was 590 pCi/L, the minimum Greene County reading was 0.1 pCi/L, with an average reading of 7.14 pCi/L.

And if your test may have come back negative a few years ago, she recommends to continue to test your home in the future to avoid any harm.

For more information on radon testing, visit www.coloradoradon.info, where you can find a list of contractors certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program to install radon mitigation systems. For more information, people can call the health department at 217-379-9281.


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