Radon testing kits available from health department

PAXTON — The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department offices in Paxton and Watseka have free test kits available to determine the levels of radon gas in homes.

The test kits are available while supplies last.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. The purpose of the designation is to remind everyone of the serious danger that radon gas poses in homes.

“One of the problems with radon is that it is colorless, odorless and tasteless,” said Terry Eimen, director of environmental health. “The only way to tell if you have radon gas in your home is to test for it with a test kit.

“It is not a difficult test to conduct. Basically, you have to open the test kit, put in the filter and hang it in the lowest level of your living space for about three days, and then you just pull out the filter, seal it up and mail it in. Even the postage is paid. Results to the test will be sent to the user either by mail, email or both.”

It is estimated that radon causes about 20,000 deaths from lung cancer annually in the U.S. The U.S. Surgeon General warns that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking and the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

For more information regarding radon, individuals may call the health department or visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website to promote National Radon Action Month, www.epa.gov/radon/nram/index.html, or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website, www.idph.gov.


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