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Radon Risk
Annual Radon Contests: 
High School Video Contest         Poster Contest for age 9 to 14
CLICK HERE for details
2015 Deadlines:   March 4th   March 1st

You'll find the link to the video created by Marmion Academy that won 3rd place in 2014
Healthy Places
The Kane County Health Department mobilizes community partnerships
to improve the health and well being of all Kane residents.

The health of our indoor and outdoor environments
is integral to the health of everyone,
particularly our children!

The Healthy Places Coalition is an essential health partnership
to reach for the 2030 county health vision:
“To have the healthiest residents in Illinois!”

Radon RiskRadon testing is now required by Illinois law for licensed child care centers and homes.  It is highly recommended that child care centers and homes promote radon testing to parents too--to make their homes safe.  This is a “Safe at child care”  AND “safe at home” approach! The best time to do this is when the center or home posts results of their own radon tests.

The Kane County Healthy Places Coalition has created the following tool kit to make it easy for child care centers and homes to encourage parents to test their homes. The Child Care Radon Testing Photo Journal Tool Kit provides a quick guide to the various action items that child care centers and homes can choose from the tool kit to promote radon awareness among parents. We hope this tool kit helps many families with children in child care settings in Kane County.

CLICK HERE for a pdf of the following Radon Testing Photo Journal Tool Kit

More information about radon on our Radon Page HERE
Who we are:
The Coalition is formed by participants from diverse aspects of the community, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Kane County Health Department, municipal governments, hospitals, fire departments, community advocacy groups, non-profits, private corporations, and many others.
What we do:
The focus of Coalition efforts is based upon a combination of two factors.
1) Health issues within the community for which
    available data demonstrates a need;
2) Health issues which coalition members identify
    as a concern of interest.
Why?:
The mission of the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition is to engage all interested community members in assessing interest and issues for improving overall community health.
 
Healthy Places Coalition focus on:
Protecting Your Child Through Tip-Over Prevention
• Healthy Places Coalition developed the
Indoor and Outdoor Action Plans for 2013-2014    Click Here to read 
 
• Radon Awareness Initiatives:
To kick off the New Year, and January's Radon Awareness Month, Coalition members have been hard at work developing new materials to promote radon awareness in Kane County. 

Outreach efforts include:
Child Care
Child Care Centers:  As Centers renew their licenses they will be required by law to post results of their radon tests.  This allows for parents of children in day care will be better informed about levels of radon in their child's facility under a new law that took effect Jan. 1, 2013. Since January 2014, licensed day care centers and day care homes are required to test for Radon gas and show past results. Read the law HERE.  It is highly recommended that child care centers and homes promote radon testing to parents too--to make their homes safe.  This is a “Safe at child care” AND “safe at home” approach.
Physician Outreach:  This outreach aims to partner with local physicians to encourage them to provide information about radon to their patients, as well as to urge their patients to test for radon in their homes.
General outreach:  To area agencies with the idea of promoting radon awareness to as many people as we can reach.  If you are interested in distributing materials please check out the resource section of this page. There you will find materials that you can download and post or distribute.
Speaker’s Bureau:  This group of Coalition members travels around Kane County giving 30-60 minute presentations on radon which are free for the community. These presentations are great for staff meetings and community gatherings!

Click here to request a presentation. Questions? Contact Terry Roman at 630-264-7653 or RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us
Illinois ALA Video/Poster Contest:  Illinois ALA is hosting their annual 2015 Radon Poster and video contest.  These contests allow for students of Illinois to practice and demonstrate their artistic talents as well as become informed and inform others about the hazards of Radon.  To see the winners of the 2014 video contest and the rules for 2015 click here.  To see the winners of the 2014 poster contest and the rules for the 2015 contest click here.
Car seat Technicians Radon Awareness Program: The car seat technician outreach program is aimed at partnering with organizations who provide training for consumers who have recently purchased a child car seat.  The goal is to have car seat technicians provide basic information to parents about the hazards of radon and how to test for it during car seat checks. Currently there are a total of 13 different organizations that are participating with Kane County in this endeavor.
Click Here to visit our Radon page
to read more about what radon is, the health risks, current radon levels in Kane County, policies, and testing information
 
Meetings
Meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of every even month,
9:00-11 am

Kane County Government, Building A, Auditorium, Ground Floor,
719 S. Batavia Avenue Geneva IL 60134 
2015 Meeting dates:
2/4, 4/1, 6/3, 8/5, 10/7, 12/2
 
Contact
If you are interested in more information about the Healthy Places Coalition,
please email: RomanTerry@co.kane.il.us
 
radon test kit
Radon testing kits are available from the Kane County Health Department and the Kane County Development Office. 

Testing kits are also available at many local hardware stores.

Test kits for $15, which include certified lab analysis and postage,
are available at:
 Aurora Health Department Office
1240 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 5
Aurora, IL 60506
Hours: Monday-Friday  8:30am-4:30pm
Elgin Health Department Office
1750 Grandstand Place, Suite 2
Elgin, IL 60123
Hours: Tuesdays  9:00am-12:00pm
Kane County Development Office
719 South Batavia Avenue, 4th Floor Geneva, Illinois 60134
Hours: Monday-Friday  8:30am-4:30pm
Free test kits are available to those who are income eligible through Community Contacts, Inc. at (847)697-8800
Request a radon presentation for your Kane County community organization through our online form HERE
 
Download these free materials:
 Radon Testing Bookmark
  Radon Info Flyer  English-Spanish
  Radon Testing Flyer  English-Spanish
 
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