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(Photo From The LaSalle County Health Department)

The LaSalle County Health Department is encouraging residents to test the radon level in their home.

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most soil. As radon travels through the soil, it can easily move through small spaces in a foundation and enter a building, where it becomes trapped and accumulates in the air. Radon has no taste, smell, or color. Testing is the only way to find out if there is a dangerous level of radon in your home.

The best time to test for radon is during cold weather when windows and doors are closed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. LaSalle County Health Department, through a grant from the IEMA, has free radon test kits available to residents of LaSalle County.

Test kits can be picked up at the health department during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at 717 E. Etna Road in Ottawa. Call the LaSalle County Health Department at (815) 433-3366, for more information on radon test kits.