You can’t see it, taste it, smell it or feel, but radon can cause serious health issues, and you definitely don’t want it in your home. For some folks, that’s all they need to know, but if you want to learn more about this cancer-causing radioactive gas during National Radon Awareness Month, we’ve compiled a list of resources for you.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has an abundance of information on radon. From its main radon page, you can navigate to articles covering more than two dozen radon-related topics. It’s a comprehensive site that answers virtually every question a consumer, contractor or homeowner could have. If you’re overwhelmed by the quantity of information, we’d recommend you start with these two: Basic Radon Facts and A Citizen’s Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon.
National Cancer Institute
Another federal resource is The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, which has collated a variety of radon-related resources and information focused on the carcinogenic effects of radon. It’s a sobering look at exactly what this invisible menace can do: Scientists estimate that 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year are related to radon.
National Radon Program
The National Radon Program Services Site at is a great resource for consumers as well. In addition to providing a wealth of radon information, the site also provides contact information and links to learn more. When you call the EPA’s 800-SOS-RADON hotline, this is the organization you’ll reach, and they can help you find information on radon abatement programs and contractors and much more.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency maintains a dedicated Radon program that offers such information as county-by-county contact information, measurement listings, radon license holders and other details. The state office also maintains a directory of licensed abatement professionals and radon testing laboratories throughout the state, as well as a listing of average radon levels by county in an interactive map.
Hopefully you haven’t suffered directly from the problems that radon can cause in a home, but if you’re among the thousands who have become ill from this gas, CanSAR is a site that relates to cancer caused by radon. CanSAR – which stands for Cancer Survivors Against Radon – is a proactive group focused on education and outreach.
Pristine Inspections & Testing
We also provide a great deal of information on radon right here on our website. You’ll find answers to many of your most pressing questions here. Take a look at our information on residential radon testing, which includes a video discussing the facts about radon, or take a look at a sample radon report to get an understanding of what a radon test will show you and how to interpret the results.
When you’re ready to schedule your radon test, call us at 217-352-3743 to schedule an appointment with one of our certified home inspectors and get the truth about radon in your home or business today.