Safe Day. Safe Night.
To save lives and raise awareness about radon, the state of Illinois passed a law in 2013 requiring day care centers to test for the radioactive gas. Radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless that comes from the natural deposits of uranium in the soil, causing 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually. Effective, January 1, 2014, day care centers are now required to test for radon and show proof of testing when applying for or renewing a day care license.
Due to the recent law changes, the American Lung Association in Illinois partnered with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to create the “Safe Day. Safe Night.” program for residential day cares. “Safe Day. Safe Night.” was introduced in 2014, and its purpose is to ensure that children and adults have healthy air at their day and night time locations. This program provides radon education and do-it-yourself test kit information to the day care centers to be distributed to parents. “Safe Day. Safe Night.” also works to bring small business owners together with radon measurement and mitigation professionals from their community. By providing educational packets to residential day care centers, the ALAIL and IEMA are ensuring that the most accurate radon information is distributed and that daycare centers/parents have access to low-cost radon test kits.
Information about the Illinois Radon Daycare Law:
- Non-residential day care centers must hire a radon measurement professional.
- Home day care centers may hire a licensed professional OR may purchase a DIY low-cost test kit. To purchase the ALAIL’s $10 test kit, click here.
- Day care facilities are required to post their test results next to their DCFS license, and must provide a test result copy to parents or guardians upon request.
- The law does not require day care facilities to reduce radon levels, even if they are above the EPA’s action level of 4.0 pCi/L.
- The ALAIL and IEMA strongly recommend hiring a licensed mitigation professional if the test results are above the action level.
If you are a residential day care center interested in participating in “Safe Day. Safe Night.” or would like more information about the program, contact the American Lung Association in Illinois at 217-787-5864.