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McHenry County Department of Health offers reduced-price radon test kits

The McHenry County Department of Health is offering short-term radon test kits for $5 throughout the month of April.

Kits are available at the health department’s Woodstock office,
2200 N. Seminary Ave., in Building A.

“We implemented special pricing the first week of April in recognition of Public Health Week. Due to the success, reduced-fee pricing has been extended for the entire month,” said Patti Nomm, director of the department’s Environmental Health Division.

Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless gas. It is harmless when dispersed in outdoor air, but it can be harmful in buildings if it reaches elevated levels. It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. 

McHenry County has been classified as a Zone 2 or medium-risk area for radon.

Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found throughout the state of Illinois. All homes should be tested regardless of their geographic location.

Homes with elevated levels of radon often can be fixed fairly inexpensively, but the cost may depend on the type of home construction.

The likelihood of developing cancer depends on many different factors, including the amount and length of exposure, as well as whether a person smokes. 

For information about radon, including interpretation of test results, call the health department’s Environmental Health Division at 815-334-4585 or visit www.mcdh.info, www.illinois.gov/iema and www.epa.gov

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