SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois officials are encouraging residents to test their homes for radon gas this week during Radon Action Week.
The Emergency Management Agency says 1,200 people die in Illinois each year from radon-related lung cancer.
IEMA interim Director Joe Klinger says studies show nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes have radon levels above safe levels.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. It can seep into buildings through foundation cracks, sump pumps or crawlspaces.
Home improvement stores carry simple kits that homeowners can use to test for radon gas. Also, IEMA licenses more than 250 contractors in the state who measure radon and 90 that help get rid of it.
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