What is radon?

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Radon is a radioactive gas that happens naturally when uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless.

How does radon it get into your home?

Radon gas can seep in to your home through dirt floors, concrete-block walls, cracks in foundation walls and floors, sumps, drains, and gaps around pipes.

What is the health risk to my family?

Exposure to high levels of radon gas indoors results in an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

Science links radon gas to about 3,200 lung cancer deaths a year in Canada.

How do I know if radon is in my home?

Testing is the only way you can determine if a radon problem exists in your home.

Heath Canada recommends you use a long-term radon test in your home for a minimum of 3 months.

The best time to do this is between October and April.

How do I test for radon in my home?

Various companies can test for radon.

Anyone can purchase a do-it yourself kit from a local retail store.

NOTE: If you choose a do-it-yourself radon test kit, follow the instructions closely.

If you find your radon levels are high the good news is that your home can be retrofitted for radon removal. Radon professionals can help you reduce the radon in your home. With a little effort, harmful exposure can be prevented to protect you and your family from the threat of radon gas.

 

For more information visit the Health Canada Web site: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/radon  Or contact us at 519-352-7270 ext. 2902

Test your home for radon today!

Radon is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in Canada!

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