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Health department offering short-term radon testing kits

WAUKEGAN – 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,” health department Executive Director Mark Pfister said in a news release. “Testing for radon is easy, inexpensive, and the only way to know if your family is at risk of radon exposure.”

The health department offers short-term testing kits for $10. The cost includes return postage, laboratory analysis and interpretation by health department staff.

Test kits also are available from area hardware and building supply stores. 

Radon is a radioactive gas naturally found in rock and soil. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into a home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Homes trap radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. 

If elevated levels of radon are found in a home, a radon professional should evaluate and fix the problem. 

For information and to request a short-term testing kit, contact the health department at 847-377-8020 or visit http://www.lakecountyil.gov/2450/Radon.

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