Did you know that 4 out of 10 homes tested in Illinois had high levels of radon? [1]  In Clay County, 9 in 10 homeowners have never had their homes tested for radon.[2]

Why is radon dangerous?

You can’t see radon gas.  You can’t smell it.  But it’s dangerous.  Radon comes naturally from rocks and dirt in the ground.  There’s always some radon in the air around us.  The problem is when radon gas from underneath a home leaks in through cracks or gaps.  Too much of it can build up inside.

When you breathe in radon gas, it can cause damage to the lungs. Over time, this damage can lead to lung cancer. In the United States, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It is estimated to cause over 20,000 deaths each year. The risks from radon depend on two things: how much and how long. High radon levels are more dangerous and the more contact you have with radon gas, the greater your risk.

Smoking makes radon even more dangerous.  Radon and tobacco smoke from cigarettes can damage your lungs.  When they are combined, smoking and radon are more dangerous than either one on its own.

Any home can have a radon problem.

High radon levels can be a risk anywhere.  Both old homes and new homes can have radon problems. So can homes with basements and homes without them. And 2 houses right next door to each other could have very different radon levels.

That’s why it’s so important for every home to get tested.

Testing is easy and low-cost – and it could save your life.

Clay County Health Department has low cost, “do-it-yourself” radon test kits available for $10 a kit. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends you test your home for radon every two years.

To purchase your kit, visit the Clay County Health Department at 601 E. 12th Street in Flora, or call at 618-662-4406. 

For more information about radon mitigation, please see Illinois Emergency Management Agency here.

 


[1] Source: Illinois Emergency Management Agency

[2] Source: CASPER Survey, May 2016

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