If you build it, it should be tested for radon. Any building can have elevated radon levels, and let’s face it. We live in the Midwest. We’re in buildings all day long, day after day, week after week, season after season. If you are concerned about the potential risks of being diagnosed with lung cancer, test the buildings in which you spend time for radon.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the leading cause of lung cancer if you are a non-smoker. the sooner you start to reduce your exposure to radon, the better you will be. the best approach to reducing your exposure to radon is to test the buildings in which you and your family spend the most time. This probably means your house, your place of work and your schools.
Here’s the tricky part. Radon levels fluctuate. Radon testing is never “one and done” type of test because radon levels change hourly, daily, weekly, seasonally, and over the years. The best approach in radon testing the places where you and your family spend your time is to test routinely, and over a period of time. This approach gives you a better understanding of your annual exposure to radon gas. Here, in the United States, the EPA’s suggested annual exposure to radon should be less than 4.0 pCi/L. They also say that an annual average exposure to less than 2.0 pCi/L is ideal.
DCFS now requires both licensed day care centers and day care homes to be tested every three years, as part of the DCFS license renewal process. The State Board of Education in Illinois requires all Illinois public school buildings to disclose to the public any school building radon test results. And the Real Estate disclosure Act requires all Illinois homeowners to disclose any knowledge of known radon levels when a home goes up for sale.
So, Illinois – do yourself a favor. test your home, your place of business and your schools for radon, both early and often.