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McDonough County Health Department
Environmental Health Division

Radon Awareness


Goal

To increase radon awareness and knowledge; promote testing of homes; and increase the number of homes that achieve corrective action when an elevated level exists.

What is radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of Uranium in the soil. It enters the home through cracks in the foundation, openings around sump pumps and drains, construction joints, and cracks in walls. It is most concentrated in the lowest levels of the home.

Is indoor radon harmful? Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon in McDonough County:

41% of homes tested in McDonough County had indoor radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) or greater, which is the level at which residents should take steps to reduce the radon levels in their home. For more information on radon in McDonough County and what you can do to protect yourself please contact the McDonough County Health Department at (309) 837-9951

What radon services does McDonough County Health Department offer?

  • Free testing of schools and daycare centers upon request.
  • Presentations
  • Radon awareness education
  • Information on radon resistant construction techniques
  • Radon test kits at a low cost

For more information please call 309-837-9951.