EMA, ALAIL release video
to help real estate agents inform home buyers about
Will help sellers comply with
Illinois Radon Awareness Act
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[January 27, 2017]
– Real estate professionals and home sellers in Illinois have a new tool
to help them meet state legal requirements regarding radon in homes. A
three-minute video developed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency
(IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) is now
available to ensure home buyers receive information about radon as
required by the Illinois Radon Awareness Act.
The act, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2008,
requires home sellers to provide anyone buying a home,
condominium or other residential property in Illinois
with information about indoor radon exposure and the
fact that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in
non-smokers and the second leading cause overall.
The law doesn’t require homes be tested for radon prior
to the sale or that radon remediation work be conducted
if test results show high levels of radon. However, if a
radon test has been conducted on the home, those results
must be provided to the buyer.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can
seep into homes from the soil beneath the foundation.
It’s estimated more than 1,100 people in Illinois
develop radon-related lung cancer each year, and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes
radon as the leading cause of home-related deaths in the
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“With more than 100,000 home purchases each year in Illinois, the Radon
Awareness Act has significantly increased public awareness of radon hazards and
how that risk can be reduced through installation of a radon reduction system,”
said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “This video is a quick, simple way for real
estate agents and home sellers to provide this important required information.”
The video, “Homebuyer’s Guide: What you need to know about radon and your new
home,” is available on the IEMA website at www.radon.illinois.gov and on the
ALAIL website at www.healthhouse.org. Additional information about radon is also
available on those websites.
“We spend a majority of time in our homes and since radon is the leading cause
of death in the home, it’s important to know what levels are present,” said
Angela Tin, Vice President Environmental Health of the American Lung Association
of the Upper Midwest.
January was proclaimed Radon Action Month in Illinois by Governor Bruce Rauner
to encourage residents to test their homes for radon.
[Illinois Emergency Management