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1240 N. Highland Ave., Aurora, IL 60506
1750 Grandstand Place, Elgin, IL 60123
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Radon Risk Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium. Rocks and soil can contain uranium. Radon gas can enter through cracks in homes/buildings/schools and expose people to the radiation. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) estimates that 21,000 yearly lung cancer U.S. deaths are associated with radon.
TEST YOUR HOME TODAY!
Radon Test
Radon Data in Kane County:
Radon Chart Kane County
The only way to know that radon is in your home
is to test for it.
 

See below
for information
on how to
purchase a testing kit
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According to the 2006 Status Report for Radon in Illinois, 36% of the homes in Illinois are aboveradon the US EPA Action Level.  If a home/building/school tests at 4 pCi/L or higher, action needs to be taken to remove the radon.

The average indoor radon levels of Kane County, as determined by radon test results from Air Check, Inc, is 5 pCi/L.

Radon levels for Kane County

Radon in Kane County - presentation 2/1/12

Number of radon mitigation systems in Kane County by zip code  
Radon-Resistant New Construction Policies (RRNC):
constructionRRNC policies are relatively minor, low-cost, construction techniques that help reduce the radon levels in new homes that are built.

Many Kane County builders have been educated about radon and have already adopted these policies. Since 1994 more than 1/3 of new homes built in Kane County have been built using Radon-resistant techniques.

There are 5 Radon-resistant construction techniques.  Link
Several municipalities in Kane County including Batavia, Geneva, Montgomery, North Aurora, and St. Charles adopted a building code for Radon-resistant new construction.
Details can be found at these links:
Batavia     Geneva    Montgomery (see section 6-14)     St. Charles:  for remodel   for new homes
 
Radon Testing:
All Kane County residents should test their homes for radon.  Testing is the only way to know your radon level!
homes

HOME
There are several resources that can provide you with information about choosing a radon testing kit that you can use in your home. (see publications listed in resources below)
 
radon testing kitRadon testing kits are available from the Kane County Health Department and the Kane County Development Office. 

Testing kits are also available at many local hardware stores.

Test kits for $15, which include certified lab analysis and postage, are available at:
 Aurora Health Department Office
1240 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 5
Aurora, IL 60506
Hours: Monday-Friday  8:30am-4:30pm
Kane County Development Office
719 South Batavia Avenue, 4th Floor Geneva, Illinois 60134
Hours: Monday-Friday  8:30am-4:30pm
Elgin Health Department Office
1750 Grandstand Place, Suite 2
Elgin, IL 60123
Hours: Tuesdays  9:00am-12:00pm
Free test kits are available to those who are income eligible through Community Contacts, Inc. at (847)697-8800 

CHILD CARE

Child Care providers need to assure they do not have unsafe levels of radon in their facility.

Steps on the Best Practices for Child Care Centers & Parents
The state legislature enacted a law requiring all licensed day care centers and homes to be tested for radon during license renewal:
Public Act 097-0981 Radon Testing.  Read the act HERE.

Follow-up Survey for Child Care Providers  English-Spanish
school
SCHOOLS
The EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools provides schools with guidance, strategies, a list of frequently asked questions, and improvement plans to improve school air quality at little or no cost.
doctor-patientMEDICAL SCREENING  Secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths annually; radon causes 21,000. Doctors are in a position to educate their patients about testing procedures and methods for correcting elevated indoor radon levels.  Most doctors ask their patients if they are a smoker or are exposed to second hand smoke but do not ask their patients if they have tested their homes for radon.  Doctor involvement is crucial in reducing the incidence of lung cancer.

COMMUNICATING THE HEALTH RISK OF RADON, A Physician's Guide
 
Resources

Radon Page - EPA
Radon Publications - EPA
Radon Page - Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)
Radon Publications - IEMA
Radon: A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family  - EPA
Radon: A Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction - How to fix your home  - EPA
Radon: Guidelines for Measurements in the Home - IEMA
Radon: Home Buyer's & Sellers Guide - EPA
Radon Map of Radon Zones in USA, EPA
Radon Map of Illinois
Radon Testing Guidelines for Real Estate Transactions - IL
Take Action on Radon for Healthy Homes   U of I Extension

CanSAR (Cancer Survivors against Radon)
Kane County Health Dept. Resources:
Radon Testing Bookmark
Radon Info Flyer  English-Spanish
 
Radon Testing Flyer  English-Spanish
 
Letter to Parents About Radon   English-Spanish
 
Radon Coloring Sheet   English-Spanish
 
Radon Follow-up Survey    English-Spanish
Request a radon presentation for your Kane County community organization
through our online form HERE