Public Health encourages test for potentially dangerous gas during "Radon Action Month"
During Radon Action Month, KFL&A Public Health is encouraging all residents to test their homes for radon. Health officials say breathing in high levels of radon for many years can lead to lung cancer. They add that in Canada, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
Public Health explains that the best time to test a home for radon is during the winter months when windows and doors remain closed. Adding that radon testing is simple and inexpensive.
"With winter coming, people are spending more time indoors, increasing risk of exposure to radon. Ensure your family's safety with a radon home test.," said Kersey Kalubi, public health promoter at KFL&A Public Health. "The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it."
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soils. Radon cannot be seen, tasted or smelt. It can enter buildings through cracks in foundation floors and walls, gaps in pipes, open floor drains, or any other area of exposed soil. In confined spaces like a home, radon can build up to high levels becoming a health risk. Public Health adds that the likelihood of high radon cannot be predicted by the age or location of a home, meaning all homes are at risk.
To learn more about radon and how to purchase a radon test, visit kflaph.ca/Radon.
With files by CFRA's Connor Ray