EMA, ALAIL release video to help
real estate agents inform home buyers about Radon risks
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
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 U.S.
“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.”
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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