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From the Community: Radon Gas Testing Kits Available Through the Health Department

January is National Radon Action Month - test your home!

Waukegan, Ill. - You can't see, smell or taste it, but radon gas could be present at a dangerous level in your home. The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is urging residents to test the radon levels in their homes and apartments during the winter months, when indoor radon levels are at their highest.

"Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, claiming the lives of an estimated 21,000 Americans each year," said Mark Pfister, the Health Department's Executive Director. "Testing for radon is easy, inexpensive, and the only way to know if your family is at risk of radon exposure."

Continue reading this article, and find out how you can get your home tested here.

New Radon Video from MN Depts of Health and Public Safety

The Minnesota Departments of Public Safety and Health are teaming up to raise awareness about the dangers of radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer. Any home - no matter the size or location- can pull up radon gas from the ground. Many people might be breathing in this deadly gas and never know.

We hope this informational video will motivate you to get a radon test kit and pass this powerful message along to your friends and family.

Here’s a link to the video: http://youtu.be/FO6Xq9mJevo

Visit the MDH radon homepage at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/index.html?utm_source=print&utm_medium=ad&utm_campaign=radonad

Q&A: What Happens if You Find Radon at Home?

Q&A: What Happens if You Find Radon at Home?

If there’s a health concern inside a home, Mindy Uhle can help county health departments and the public to address the issue. She’s the Healthy Homes Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Among the issues she addresses is radon, a gas that, in high levels, can cause health problems. To test for radon, homeowners can go to a hardware store to purchase an inexpensive charcoal test kit that can be placed on the lowest livable level of a home for a reading and then mailed to the manufacturer’s laboratory for results.

Q. What’s your role as the Healthy Homes Coordinator for the IDPH?

A. My role is to support county environmental health staff and provide information to the general public on health and housing issues.

Q. What is radon and how is it found inside a home?