Kane County Health Department encourages radon testing

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – January is National Radon Action Month, and the Kane County Health Department – in conjunction with the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition – recommends testing for the presence of radon, one of the leading causes of lung cancer.

Testing kits are available for $15 from the Kane County Health Department and Kane County Development Office. Kits are available at the Kane County Development Office, 719 S. Batavia Ave., fourth floor, Geneva, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Most local hardware stores also carry the kits.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that naturally occurs from the breakdown of uranium.

Rocks and soil can contain uranium. Radon gas can enter through cracks into such buildings as homes and schools, exposing people to the radiation. Because of the Midwest’s geology, homes in Kane County have the potential for higher levels of radon.

Free radon presentations are available to the community. Visit kanehealth.com/radon-speaker-form.htm to request a presentation. Contact Terry Roman at 630-264-7653 or at RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us with questions.

Visit www.kanehealth.com/radon.htm for information about radon.
 The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is a group of community residents and stakeholders interested in environmental health.

Its next meeting is set for 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Kane County Government Center, Building A, ground floor auditorium, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.

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