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The goal of the Radon program is to reduce the risk of disease or illness caused by Radon through educating the public and providing individuals with low-cost Radon test kits.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It is currently the 2nd highest cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Radon typically enters a home by moving up from the soil and through cracks and holes in the foundation. Things such as sump pits, foundation cracks, gaps in suspended floors, construction joints and exposed soil in crawl spaces are areas where Radon may find a route into a home. Although a much smaller risk, Radon can also enter a home through water that is obtained from the ground, such as from water wells. Once inside a home, Radon gas can build up and create a hazard.
The Madison County Health Department (MCHD) is offering Radon test kits for purchase. You may contact our office at (618) 296-6079, for more information on obtaining a Radon test kit. Radon test kits may also be purchased from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), local home improvement and hardware stores, as well as numerous online vendors.
If you choose to purchase a test kit from MCHD, a staff member will assist you with the instructions on using the test kit, as well as, give you valuable information regarding Radon, Radon measurement and Radon mitigation. Additionally, should your Radon test results show a high level of Radon in your home, MCHD can provide you with a list of licensed Radon measurement professionals and licensed Radon mitigation professionals for follow-up.
To increase awareness of the effects of Radon, Madison County Health Department provides an in-service presentation upon request regarding Radon gas, testing, and mitigation. For more information or to schedule a presentation please contact (618) 296-6079.
As of January 1, 2013, legislation went into effect requiring that ALL licensed daycares be tested for Radon. Beginning January 1, 2014, as part of both initial and renewal licensing processes for daycares, proof of testing for Radon is required.
PDF Downloads & Resources
- Basic Radon Facts
- Madison County Radon Professional Licensees
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Radon Program
- Press Release – New Law Requires Radon Testing In Day Care Centers
- Radon Testing in Day Care Centers in Illinois
- Press Release – New Law to Help Renters Learn More About Radon Levels in Their Homes
- Illinois Radon Guide For Tenants
- USEPA Radon Program
- A Citizen’s Guide To Radon: The Guide To Protecting Yourself And Your Family From Radon
- Consumer’s Guide To Radon Reduction: How To Fix Your Home
- Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide To Radon
- Guidelines for Radon Measurements in the Home