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Radon Awareness Month encourages home testing

Date Published: 01/13/2020 [Source]

January is National Radon Action Month, a time dedicated to reminding homeowners to test for the cancer-causing gas before long term damage sets in.

"It's a radioactive gas," said environmental inspector Sheila Jascemskas. "You can't smell it, taste it or see it. The only way to know is to test it."

Radon is a gas that most counties along the Stateline have high levels of, that enters through basements.

Experts suggest homes be tested for radon every three to five years. While testing isn't mandatory in Illinois, radon gas disclosure documents are.

"When you sell property you have to fill out that disclosure, and it basically states if you've had the home tested, were the levels high or not and the new buyer gets to see the disclosure so they're aware of it," said real estate broker Lora Gilbert.