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January is National Radon Action Month. Test Your Home – Protect Your Health.

During January’s National Radon Action Month, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes for radon.  Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon can seep into homes and buildings through cracks in the foundations or walls and can accumulate over time in homes that are not properly vented. Long-term exposure to indoor radon can be harmful to your health or even deadly.   As the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. and the first leading cause among non-smokers, radon claims more than 20,000 lives annually. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix it to protect yourself and your family.
In Illinois, radon levels often come up as part of home inspections when people are selling real estate. It is not a required inspection but recommended.  The costs to have a basement mitigated if radon is found have often been under $1000 to repair.   You do not have to wait until you sell your property, however, to get it tested for radon.  Protect your health and get your home tested today.  Homes should also be retested every couple of years to make sure the air is still within safe levels.
If you are planning on building, ask your builder about what can be done to make sure you are breathing easy and have less worry about radon.
For more information about what you can do to protect your health and take action against radon during National Radon Action Month, please visit www.epa.gov/radon/national-radon-action-month-information
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