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Radon Action Month

Post Date:01/12/2017 9:26 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2017
McHenry County Department of Health
2200 N Seminary Avenue
Woodstock IL 60098
Contact: Keri Zaleski 815-334-4456; cell 815-236-3238

WOODSTOCK IL – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as national Radon Action Month. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the United States as reported by the EPA.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that results from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) encourages residents to test their homes for radon. Radon test kits are inexpensive and can be purchased at the McHenry County Department of Health for $6. Test kits can also be found at most hardware stores and online.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk. If high radon levels are detected, remediation steps can be taken to help reduce unnecessary exposure.

Questions regarding radon should be directed to the MCDH Division of Environmental Health. Staff is available to provide education on a variety of topics to individuals, community groups or organizations and students of all ages. Please contact the Division of Environmental Health at 815-334-4585 Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. For after hour and weekend emergencies, call 815-344-7421. Visit www.mcdh.info, www.illinois.gov/iema and www.epa.gov for additional information on radon.

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