ABC 20 Streaming LiveSpotlight 20Pump PatrolRaw NewsIn the KitchenKnow Your Candidates

Forecast

FRIDAY: Patchy dense fog in the morning with gradually clearing skies and warmer temperatures in the afternoon. High: 70. Winds: Southwest 5-10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Mainly clear and mild. Low: 56. Winds: Southwest 5-10 mph.

SATURDAY: ...

more »

Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Daycare Facilities Now Have to Test for Radon

According to the American Lung Association, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the nation, killing over 1,200 residents in Illinois every year.

Now, a new law is trying to put a stop to radon-related deaths by requiring regular radon testing at daycare facilities.

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that causes over 20,000 lung-cancer related deaths every year, and it could be lingering in your local daycare.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging the public to start being proactive and testing their homes and daycares for radon.

"Children are a concern for everybody," IEMA Communications Manager Patti Thompson said. "Parents want their children to be as safe as possible no matter where they are."

IEMA is reminding daycare facilities to make sure they are complying with the new law and are getting radon tesing done.

SIU School of Medicine Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg said that earlier detection of radon in daycares could help lower the risk of getting lung cancer.

"The effects of radon are related to the concentration of it, so the more there is the worse, and the duration of exposure," Hazelrigg said. "So if you are a young kid and you are exposed to it for a number of years, it increases your risk of cancers developing."

Building Blocks Daycare owner Devi Harper has two daycare facilities in the Springfield area, housing over 500 children. She is glad the new radon testing law is now madatory for any licensed day care center and day care homes.

"I think to get this word out and to institute this new law for daycare and daycare homes, it's a good thing," Harper said. "No one should be worried to have the test done. It's a welcome regulation that we want to do."

Previously, there were no mandates that required daycares to be tested for radon. Now, licensed daycare centers must be tested for radon every three years, because the state wants to put a stop to this silent killer.

January is Radon Awareness Month, and the American Lung Association is selling home radon kits to the public for $10, so be sure to get your home tested.


 
  • WICS :: News - Tracking Ebola

    Tracking Ebola



  • WICS :: News - Know Your Candidates

    Know Your Candidates

    Learn about the candidates running for office near you!
  • WICS :: News - Traffic

    Traffic

    Get up to the minute traffic reports from WICS NewsChannel 20!
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin News

    Road Trippin News

    Missed a Road Trippin segment that aired in the news? Check it out here!
  • WICS :: News - Health Matters

    Health Matters

    Featuring news segment videos about health.
  • WICS :: News - In The Kitchen

    In The Kitchen

    Watch the area's best chefs whip up their tastiest creations. See them in action and get their recipes to try at home. 
  • WICS :: News - Behind The Headlines

    Behind The Headlines

    Get Behind the Headlines commentary with Mark Hyman.
  • WICS :: News - Ready, Set, Shred

    Ready, Set, Shred

    In an exclusive eight-week investigation, ABC Newschannel 20 digs deep into the Springfield police document shredding scandal.
  • WICS :: News - Ask the Expert

    Ask the Expert

    Do you need expert advice? Here's your chance to ask our experts!
  • WICS :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Come Road Trippin' with us! Check out all the great attractions in your area!
  • WICS :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Check out the ABC Newschannel 20's Pump Patrol to find the lowest prices, report low prices and get gas saving tips.

  • WICS :: News - Spotlight 20

    Spotlight 20

    Local organizations and community leaders tell us about events in central Illinois.
  • WICS :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, and extended stories that didn't make it on air.  "Raw News" may include content that is not suitable for children and is intended for mature audiences only.
  • WICS :: News - On the Farm

    On the Farm

    Whether it's topical segments on what's happening on local farms to commodity prices, we have the world of central Illinois agriculture covered.
  • WICS :: News - Fugitive Files

    Fugitive Files



  • WICS :: News - Home Room

    Home Room

    When's the next school board meeting? Where's the basketball game? What's for lunch today? Do we have a snow day tomorrow? We have all the information you need for a successful school year--no pencil or ...
  • WICS :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting while driving kills thousands of people each year. Many more are seriously injured.  Keep central Illinois roads safe by taking the "No Text Zone" pledge.
  • WICS :: News - Business News

    Business News

    Stay up-to-date on the biggest business stories from around the nation.
  • WICS :: News - Pet of the Week

    Pet of the Week

    The cutest video you'll see anywhere! You won't be able to resist these adorable friends who need someone to love them.
  • WICS :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • WICS :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • WICS :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

more »

Tonight on WICS

7:00pm
Last Man Standing Chuck and Mike debate the merits of an inner city school merging one in an upscale neighborhood.

7:31pm
Cristela Tensions flare when Daniela's friend mistakes Cristela for the nanny.
TV-PG

8:00pm
Shark Tank Sampling oils at an olive oil bar; unique wedding registry idea; wine geared toward millennials.
TV-PG

9:01pm
20/20 Investigative reporting.

10:00pm
Newschannel 20 at 10

Complete Schedule »


WICS Pay It Forward
Scandal
WICS Cheers For The Years
Jimmy Kimmel
WICS Storm Team