The Kane County Heath Department recommends that all homes in the county be tested for radon. Testing kits are available from the Health Department and local hardware stores. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: February 6, 2014 6:30AM
January is National Radon Action Month, and the Kane County Health Department, in conjunction with the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition, recommends that it is a good time to test your home for the presence of radon.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium and is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the world, along with smoking and secondhand smoke, according to a release from the Health Department.
Rocks and soil can contain uranium. Radon gas can enter through cracks in homes, buildings and schools and expose people to the radiation. Because of the geology in the Midwestern United States, homes in Kane County have the potential for higher levels of radon, the release said.
The Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan targets chronic diseases such as cancer as threats to the community’s health and wellbeing, and the department recommends that all homes in Kane County be tested for radon.
Testing kits are available for $15 from the Health Department and the Kane County Development Office. This cost includes the kit, cost of mailing to a certified lab for analysis, and results. Kits are available at these locations:
Aurora Health Department Office, 1240 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 5, Aurora; Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Kane County Development Office, 719 South Batavia Avenue, 4th Floor, Geneva; Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Elgin Health Department Office, 1750 Grandstand Place, Suite 2, Elgin; Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Test kits also are available at most local hardware stores.
A Speakers Bureau has been created by the county Health Department to offer free radon presentations to the community. Contact Terry Roman at 630-264-7653 or at RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us with questions. More information and resources about radon also is available on the Health Department’s website at kanehealth.com/radon.htm.
The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is a group of community residents and stakeholders interested in environmental health. People can participate in the next Kane County Healthy Places Coalition meeting from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Jan. 30, at the Kane County Government Center, Building A, Ground Floor Auditorium, 719 S. Batavia Ave. Geneva.