Radon Awareness Program

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is tasteless, colorless and odorless. Radon is naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts. Outdoors, radon disperses rapidly and, generally, is not a health issue. Most radon exposure occurs inside homes, schools and workplaces. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation.  Breathing radon over time increases your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Nationally, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer. 

The Henry & Stark County Health Departments offer an easy, at-home radon test kit through our office for $15. 
Radon Test Kit Request Form (PDF)

Dont wait to test your home! Radon levels are elevated in about 65% of the homes in Henry County and 82% of homes in Stark County.

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If You're a Smoker

The risk of developing lung cancer from radon is increased exponentially in people who are also smokers. At least 85% of radon associated lung cancer deaths are in current or past smokers. This means that smokers are at an even more heightened risk of dying from radon associated lung cancer than non-smokers. Visit the Henry and Stark County Health Department Tobacco Control page for information on quitting smoking.

More Information

For more information regarding radon or to obtain a test kit, please email or call our office at 309-852-0197 ext. 270.

  1. For realators
  2. Testing at home
  3. testing at school