Outgoing Gov. Rauner Declares January as “Radon Awareness Month”

SPRINGFIELD — Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed January ‘Radon Awareness Month’ in Illinois to increase awareness about the presence of radon.

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is recognized as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It’s estimated nearly 1,200 people in Illinois develop radon-related lung cancer each year.

The Department of Public Health says if you don’t know the level of radon in your home it’s time to get it tested.

That’s State Radon Program Manager Pat Daniels. The colorless, odorless and tasteless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Governor Rauner said: “Radon related health risks are preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established techniques. With greater awareness we can save lives.”

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) are joining forces in January to increase public awareness of radon risks and ways to reduce radon exposure.

IEMA and ALAIL announced today the continuation of statewide contest that encourages students to use their creative talents to promote radon awareness.

Starting today, the American Lung Association will begin accepting submissions for the annual radon poster and video contests.

All videos, entry forms and release forms must be submitted by March 8.  Details about the video contest are available on the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) website at https://www.lung.org/