Nov 04

Testing finds 38% of Summerland (Canada) homes have unsafe radon levels

A study of radon gas in Summerland showed that 38% of homes tested were above Health Canada’s safe radon level. Another 29% of the homes tested had radon gas levels close to exceeding the recommended safe level.

Radon is present in the air and can accumulate in high concentrations indoors — a particular problem in Canada, where homes are airtight and sealed during the winter. Long-term exposure to elevated levels of radon leads to an increased risk of lung cancer. Since radon levels can vary, even between neighbouring houses, the only way for homeowners to determine their home’s radon level is to test for it.

At least 7% of Canadian homes are believed to have radon levels above what Health Canada considers safe, but we have to add that only long-term measurements are effective.

Summerland was one of 15 communities across Canada to participate in the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge. This winter, 20 new communities will participate in the challenge, further broadening Health Canada’s understanding of radon concentrations in the country and helping to protect Canadians against the risk of lung cancer.

Take Action on Radon is a great initiative that works to bring together radon stakeholders and raise radon awareness across Canada. It is led by the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST), CAREX Canada, and the Canadian Cancer Society.

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