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Illinois Senate Democrats Declare January is Radon Action Month

January is Radon Awareness Month. Approximately 1,200 Illinoisans are diagnosed with radon-related lung cancer each year, so make sure your home is radon-free! Radon can’t be seen, smelled, or tasted so the only way to detect its presence is through a licensed professional or at-home test kit. You can find a local, licensed professional here. OR, you can order an at-home radon testing kit here.

How should I prepare my home to test for radon?

12 hours before you begin your test…

· Keep all doors and windows shut.

· Do not operate fans or other machines which bring air in from outside (unless from a radon reduction system).

Where do I place my radon tester?

· 3 feet from exterior doors and windows.

· 20 inches to 6 feet above the floor.

· 4 inches from any other object.

· Never place the radon detector in your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, or in a crawl space.

What to do next?

· Be sure you accurately record the start and stop dates of your test.

· Mail your tester and paperwork to the lab it was ordered from.

· Expect results in about 10 business days.

What do my results mean?

· If your results are less than 4 pCi/L no action is necessary.

· If your results are more than 4 pCi/L you will need to contact a licensed radon mitigation contractor. o You can find a local, licensed professional here.

Source: January 2, 2020