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Illinois day care centers now must test for radon

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A new Illinois law is designed to protect kids in day care from radon.

Licensed day care centers are now required to test for radon every three years.

Ron Caywood, owner of Caywood Youth Center in Quincy, says he's getting his facility inspected on Monday. He said parents should never have to fear for their child's safety when dropping them off at day care.

"Definitely from a safety stand point, if there's a concern and it involves children then obviously it's going to concern us. And, getting to have the testing accomplished, then it's very important to us. I think it's very important to the families that we have in the center as well to give them some relief," said Caywood.

An estimated 1,200 radon-related lung cancer deaths happen every year in Illinois.

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