Illinois day cares must test for radon under new law

SPRINGFIELD — Parents of children in day care will be better informed about levels of radon in their children’s facility under a new law that took effect Jan. 1. 

Licensed day care centers and day care homes are now required to test for the radioactive gas, and beginning Jan. 1, 2014, day care centers will need to show proof the facility has been tested for radon within the last three years as part of the initial application or license-renewal process.

Radon — a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil — is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. It is estimated that nearly 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths occur each year in Illinois.

Under the law, non-residential day care centers are required to hire an IEMA-licensed radon measurement professional to test the facility. Home day care centers may purchase a home test kit and conduct the test themselves or hire a licensed contractor to perform the test.  

Free test kits are available to home day care providers and homeowners through the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department and may be picked up at either the Paxton office at 235 N. Taft St. or the Watseka office at 114 N. Third St.

Day care facilities are required to post the most current radon measurement results next to the licenses issued by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and provide copies of the report to parents or guardians upon request.

For more information regarding radon testing call the Radon Hotline at 800-325-1245, visit or call 815-432-2483.


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Wictor67 wrote on February 02, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Thank you for this article. I have been trying to raise public awareness about this deadlly gas here in Canada. Our gevenment has been very late to this issue. Please share your resources and help Canadians to learn more about the radon gas: 

Health Canada: 

Lung Association: 

Radon Testing: 

Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists: 

Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program:

Thank you.

Theds1953 wrote on February 29, 2016 at 9:02 am
treykmason wrote on September 10, 2013 at 12:09 am
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Government is now at the right path taking bold and utmost steps. It was vey necessary for the schools and children learning center to test for the radioactive gases as these gases such as radon may have serious effects.

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Theds1953 wrote on February 29, 2016 at 9:02 am
annisabella wrote on December 27, 2015 at 10:12 pm

I think this is a better option to monitor the services that have been providing in the day cares of our children. This kind of law is very necessary to avoid many issues regarding child abuses and all. Keep sharing! 

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