Joyce Urges People to Test Their Homes for Deadly Gas During Radon Action Month (Kankakee, IL) — January is Radon Action Month and State Senator Patrick Joyce is emphasizing the importance of early detection of radon and encouraging people to test their homes for the harmful gas.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. This odorless, colorless, tasteless gas comes from the natural breakdown of the soil, and it enters buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pits, crawl spaces, floor drains and more.
“Illinois has shown to have high levels of radon, making it more common for people to be exposed to,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “Higher levels of radon can lead to major health issues, which is why it is important to test your homes.”
It’s estimated more than 1,100 people in Illinois develop radon-related lung cancer each year. Statistics show radon has been found in nearly 40% of homes tested in Illinois, with higher levels being in the central and northern regions, like Kankakee and Grundy Counties.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the American Lung Association in Illinois are hosting two statewide contests that urge students to use their creative talents to promote radon awareness. High school students are invited to submit a 30-second commercial style video, and middle school students can design a poster to urge residents to test their homes for radon. For more information and to enter, click here.
“Due to radon being undetectable from human senses, the only way to know if radon is present is by testing the air,” said Joyce. “We are asking young people to get involved by using their creativity to raise awareness and urge families to test their homes for this harmful element.”
For more information about radon, visit www.radon.illinois.gov.