The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it, so be sure to pick the right radon kit.
A naturally occurring radioactive gas in the ground, radon can’t be seen, smelled or tasted. Radon released from the ground into the air is not a concern, but in enclosed areas radon levels can build up and be harmful to health. Long-term exposure to elevated levels of radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
“Radon test kits are widely available at most major home renovation stores or on-line,” says Chris Boyes, Public Health Inspector. “Before buying, make sure the radon kit you choose includes laboratory testing in the price. Also check whether you will have to pay additional shipping fees to send the kit to the lab for testing.”
Health Canada recommends homeowners do a long-term radon test, for a minimum of three months, during the fall or winter months. To get the most accurate results, the radon detector should be placed in the lowest level of the home where homeowners spend a minimum of 4 hours per day.
For more information on radon and radon testing, call the Huron County Health Unit at 519.482.3416 or 1.877.837.6143 or visit huronhealthunit.ca.