The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month in an effort to increase awareness of radon, promote testing and mitigation, and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste. It’s easy to ignore, but it could be present in your home, school, or office. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., claiming about 20,000 lives annually, or slightly more than two every hour. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency licenses and regulates the individuals who provide radon measurement and mitigation to the public. Learn about the risks associated with radon and how to reduce radon levels in homes and find county-specific radon information, lists of measurement and mitigation licensees at radon.illinois.gov. Also download Radon Testing Guidelines for Real Estate Transactions brochure.
REMINDER TO ILLINOIS REALTOR®: Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, you need to use the revised Radon Disclosure Form. Members can download on the IAR website (login required) or purchase in bulk from the IAR REALTOR® Store, 800-529-2696.