Radon is second only to tobacco in substances which cause lung cancer. It is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill before you even know it’s there.
The State of Illinois has decided to take some important steps in protecting its children and homeowners from the deadly effects of radon. Two bills have passed the Illinois General Assembly to do just that and last week they were signed into law by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.
HB 4606/Public Act 97-0981
As reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, The first bill would require licensed day care centers to be tested for radon every three years and the results of the tests to be posted with the facility’s license. The number of hours children spend in day care makes it important to know whether they are being exposed to any toxic substances while away from home. The law goes into effect January 1, 2013.
HB 4665/Public Act 97-0953
This law requires all new homes to be built with “passive radon resistant construction.” There are six major components in such a system:
A gas permeable layer is installed before the concrete slab is poured.
Then a vapor barrier is installed, also before the concrete slab.
A radon collection point is placed so that when the concrete slab goes in, it does not impair radon collection.
Any radon entry points are sealed and caulked.
A radon vent pipe carries the radon through interior walls, up to the roof and out of the home.
An electrical junction box is installed near the vent pipe in the attic.
Passive radon resistant construction allows the radon under the home to be collected and piped out above the structure without entering the indoor environment and affecting the residents. This law goes into effect June 1, 2013.
As you can see from the map, Radon is a problem in many areas of our country, especially the upper Midwest. In California, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are the most affected. At AirTek, we recommend testing for radon and making any renovations necessary to protect your family from this dangerous carcinogen.
Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek and our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, which offers residential and commercial cleaning, pest control, demolition, structural pasteurization and many other enviromental challenges. Please Like AirTek on Facebook and Follow @AirTekCA on Twitter!