Springfield – 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 non-smokers.
It is estimated that nearly 1,200 radon related lung cancer deaths occur each year in Illinois.