January has been designated National Radon Action Month by the Environmental Protection Agency. In connection with this observance, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is encouraging residents to check the radon levels of their homes or apartments in January or during the winter months.
“The best time to check for radon is during cold weather when windows and doors remain closed,” said Mark Pfister, the Health Department’s Interim Executive Director. “Radon increases your risk of lung cancer, so it is important to check the level in your home.”
Short-term test kits are available through the Health Department for $10.00. The cost includes return postage, laboratory analysis and interpretation by Health Department staff. Test kits are also available from area hardware and building supply stores.
Radon, an odorless and colorless gas naturally found in rock and soil, seeps into homes through cracks in the basement floor and foundation, crawl spaces, poorly sealed sump pumps, floor drains, porous cinder block walls and other foundation floor and wall penetrations. Although radon gas is measurable everywhere, the highest readings are normally found in the basement and first floor levels of homes and apartments.
“If radon is found in your home, it is important to contact a radon professional to assess and prevent the radon gas from continuing to enter your home,” said Pfister.
For additional information, contact the Health Department’s Ecological Services at: (847) 377-8020 or visit: http://www.lakecountyil.gov/2291/Air-Quality.
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