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Home testing encouraged during National Radon Action Month

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

January is National Radon Action Month and health officials are asking you to do your part and test your home.

Radon is an invisible and odorless gas that is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and has no symptoms. Radon is normally found in the lower levels of a home or building, but can show up in any area or in any type of building.

Officials with the Adams County Health Department say in the past year, Radon has become a growing problem in the area.

"We have somewhere over 40 percent of the tests that have been conducted in Adams County, have Radon levels above the action level of 4 pCi/L," said Rex Pflantz and Environmental Sanitarian.

If you want to test your house for radon, you can pick up an inexpensive radon testing kit at your local hardware store. Or if you feel like digging into your pocket book, you can also call in the professionals.

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