With Radon, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas that comes from the ground and gets into buildings through cracks in the foundation and other openings. All homes have it, the big question is: How much?
Exposure to high radon levels can be deadly. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and is responsible for an estimated 850 deaths in Ontario each year.
Testing for radon is easy. Long-term test kits are recommended, with a testing period of at least three months. The best time to do a test is during the colder months when the home is sealed. The kits cost around $40 and are available online at www.on.lung.ca/radon.
If the radon level in your home is too high, you should contact a certified radon mitigator. For more information about radon, call The Lung Association Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
November is the perfect time to test your home for radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer
Radon is just one of the many pollutants that can be found in a typical Canadian home. That’s why The Lung Association created a website that takes users on a home tour highlighting the potential air quality hazards lurking in every room.
Visit www.YourHealthyHome.ca to learn all about indoor air quality and what you can do to improve it.
Questions about your lung health? Call the Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864)