U of I Extension radon program offered in Pecatonica Dec. 13

November 28, 2012

Staff Report

PECATONICA, Ill. — You may have heard of radon, but what is it really?

Radon is a gas produced from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. While all of the air we breathe has small quantities of radon in it, your home can actually trap radon gas inside, where it can build up and potentially lead to lung cancer.

Join U of I Extension Educator Jay Solomon at “Help Yourself to a Healthy Home — Radon & Indoor Air Quality Issues” to learn more about the specific health risks that accompany radon gas, how to test your home for it and how to reduce radon levels in your home. Other indoor air quality issues such as moisture, mold and carbon monoxide will also be discussed.

Indoor radon exposure has been identified as the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

Management of radon and other indoor air pollutants should be a part of the plan as homes are built, remodeled and tightened for energy efficiency,” Solomon said. “Many of these issues can be alleviated with simple modifications to construction and home operations.”

Help Yourself to a Healthy Home — Radon & Indoor Air Quality Issues” will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, in the basement of the US Bank, 430 Main St., Pecatonica, Ill. The program is open to the public, but pre-registration is required by calling U of I Extension at (815) 986-4357 or online at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw. Registration fee is $5, which includes a free radon test kit (one per household).

From the Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2012, issue

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