What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that invisible, odourless and tasteless. Radon is a contaminant that occurs naturally when uranium in the soil and rock breaks down affecting indoor air quality worldwide .
Radon that is released from the ground into the outdoor air is diluted to levels that are not of concern. Radon in homes and other enclosed spaces however can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a health risk to you and your family.
“Long-term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Ontario, linked to 850 lung cancer deaths each year.” Breath The Lung Assocation
Testing For Radon
Radon is found throughout Ontario so every home in Ontario should be tested, no matter where it is located. It’s easy:
- You can purchase a do-it-yourself test kit from The Lung Association or home improvement retailers (look for long-term kits that allow for at least a three month testing period.
- Hire a certified radon professional.
- To find out more details about testing, click here.
Take Action To Reduce Radon Levels In Your Home.
“Take Action on Radon (TAOR) and the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) have partnered to offer a total of $10,000 in prizes for a National Radon Reduction Sweepstakes! Homeowners that have tested their home for radon and taken action to reduce levels to below Health Canada’s recommended guideline of 200 Bq/m3 have a chance to receive a rebate for up to $1,000 towards the cost of the radon reduction method in their home. There will be 10 draws, each worth up to $1,000.”
The 2018 – 2019 contest is now open. Submit your entry online. Contest information.