The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says many as 1,160 people in Illinois develop radon-related lung cancer each year. Most of the exposure occurs in one's own home.
Radon is an odorless gas, caused by the breakdown of uranium in the soil, and is very common in Northern Illinois households.
To help people learn more about the dangers, the University of Illinois Extension is offering a radon program from 6 to 7:30 this evening at the Cherry Valley Public Library.
"Clearing the Air About Radon" will provide more information on the health risks of radon, how it enters the home, how to test for elevated concentration levels, and what can be done to reduce these concentrations.
The program cost is $5 a person, those who attend will receive a free radon test kit. To register, call U of I Extension Office at (815) 986-4357.