5 things everyone should know about radon gas

by | Jan 1, 2024 | Health and Wellness, Home and Living

Safety is crucial in any home. But even if you’ve installed carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarms and minimized trip hazards, you could still be at risk from radon gas. Here are five facts you need to know about this hazard.

  1. It’s radioactive
    Uranium is naturally present in the ground beneath our feet and, as it breaks down, it releases radon, which is an invisible radioactive gas.
  2. It’s present in most homes
    Radon gas seeps up from the ground everywhere in the country. It becomes diluted outside but can accumulate to a dangerous level indoors. Levels vary from house to house. It doesn’t matter if it’s newly built or centuries old.
  3. It causes lung cancer
    Long-term exposure to a high level of radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. And, it raises smokers’ risk of lung cancer even more than usual.
  4. A basic test will show your level
    Testing your home’s radon level using a DIY kit or by hiring a certified professional is the only way to know if it is too high. Do the test over three months to get the most accurate results.
  5. It’s simple to reduce
    You can typically reduce the level of radon in your home by over 80 per cent for roughly the same cost of replacing a home appliance, like a washer and dryer or air conditioner. Be sure to have a certified professional do the job.

Find more information at canada.ca/radon

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