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Raising awareness of the dangers of radon gas

The odorless, tasteless and colorless gas, than can be deadly.
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Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 7:59 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging residents to test their homes, as a part of Radon Action Month.

The naturally occurring gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. It’s estimated that nearly 1,100 people in Illinois develop Radon-based lung cancer each year.

Radon comes from the natural breakdown of radium and uranium in soil. The gas can then make its way into structures through cracks or faults in the foundation.

According to Kim Litwiller, a Health Educator for the Tazewell County Health Department, long term health risks can be preventable with a simple at home detection kit. The tests are inexpensive, and homeowners should test their homes once every two years.

IEMA and the American Lung Association in Illinois, have announced the continuation of two statewide contests, that encourage students to raise awareness with creative talents. The Radon Video Contest asks high school students to create a 30 second video, while the Radon Poster Contest has middle school students create posters, encouraging people to test their homes.

For more information on testing, contests and prizes, you can visit www.radon.illinois.gov

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