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Does Your Home Contain Radioactive Gas?

Over 40 percent of Illinois homes contain dangerous levels of radon gas. For less than $10, you can find out if your's is one of them.

How much would you pay to protect your family?

Radon gas is a silent, odorless threat to over 40 percent of Illinois homeowners, according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The EPA reports this naturally-occuring radioactive gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

How to test your home

Luckily, the state is offering an inexpensive solution for residents to test their homes and protect their families. For less than $10, radon test kits are now available to Illinoisians via this website.

Cook County also offers radon test kits for $7. Residents can obtain one by mailing a $7 check or money order to:

Cook County Dept. of Environmental Control
69 West Washington Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60602.

Inexpensive radon test kits are also available online through a variety of independent vendors.

You can also call the National Radon Hotline to purchase radon kits over the phone at 1-800-SOS-RADON (1-800-767-7236).

Want to learn more about radon? Check out the EPA's website.

Inspector Daggett February 20, 2013 at 01:45 PM
What a great program the state is offering. These kits have been available for some time at your local hardware stores but it is good that the state is on board with getting the word out and offering a low cost solution. If your test does come up positive the next step is to have a professional come in with more high tech equipment to assess the problem and advise on a solution. The good news is if you do have radon present in your home there are measure that can be taken to prevent it from coming in. I am glad Patch is putting this information out there, good reporting. Inspector Daggett
Ryan Fitzpatrick February 20, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Thanks, Inspector D!
Hernendo RevolveR February 21, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Over insulating a home traps that poison in! Let a few air leaks save your life!

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