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. Here is a video on how to set up the Air Check Radon test kit we sell at MCHD. 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.
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.