Watseka, IL – Have you had your home tested for radon? If not, how do you know you don’t have the colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas in your home? The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has free radon test kits available to residents of Ford and Iroquois counties and according to health department experts, all homes even newly built homes need to be tested.
Terry Eimen, Director of Environmental Health at the health department, said the agency has received a grant that provides funding for free test kits. Eimen said radon can enter a home or building through various avenues including small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces. “Radon occurs when naturally occurring uranium in the soil decays. Since you can not smell it or see it, the only way to know if you have it is to test for it,” he said. Residents whose test results show an unacceptable level (greater than 4.0 pCi/L which is the same as you breathe when you are outside) of radon will be instructed on the necessary steps they need to take to rid their home of the radioactive gas.
Exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year and is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. “With these free test kits available, it just does not make sense for people not to test their homes,” said Eimen.
Test kits are available at 235 North Taft Street, Paxton, IL and at 114 North Third Street, Watseka, IL. For more information regarding radon, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website at http://www.idph.state.il.us/ click on A-Z topics at the left and then click on radon.
Contact: Julie Clark, PIO