Radon Awareness Weekend
The Fourth Annual Radon Awareness Act Day celebration weekend is Aug. 29, 30 and 31 at the Waterloo home of the organization’s founder Gloria Linnertz. Citizens can take part by stopping by 618 Evansville Ave. from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Radon testing kits will be available for $10, and attendees can obtain information about the danger of radon gas exposure.
A garage sale will also be held with proceeds being donated to Citizens For Radioactive Radon Reduction.
The Illinois Radon Awareness Act was signed into law on Aug. 16, 2007 by the Illinois governor. This would have been the 32nd wedding anniversary of Joe and Gloria Linnertz. Joe had passed away from lung cancer in 2006. His cancer was attributed to exposure to radon gas. With assistance from American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) in drafting this bill, Gloria worked for over a year educating members of the Illinois legislature about the danger of radioactive radon gas exposure. Radioactive radon gas comes from the decay of uranium and can seep into structures through cracks and openings around pipes, drains, sump pumps, construction joints and exposed soil. Approximately 42 percent of Illinois home have elevated levels of radon, according to the AARST.
“Any structure: old, new, brick, frame, basement, no basement, slab on grade or raw space is susceptible to radon gas,” said Gloria.
Because radon is an odorless, invisible gas, the only way to detect its presence is with a testing kit. To learn more about the dangers of Radon, visit the website: www.CitizensforRadioactiveRadonReduction.org.