Parents will now be better informed about the levels of radon in your child's
day care facility.
Licensed daycare centers and home day cares are required
under a new state law to test for the radioactive gas. They will need to show
proof their facilities have been tested for radon with in the past three years
as part of their license renewal or application process.
According to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency radon
is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the
radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. Radon is the
second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., and the leading cause among
It is estimated that nearly 1,200 radon related lung cancer
deaths occur each year in Illinois.