Huron County, ON – With most windows and doors closed due to the cooler weather, now is a good time for Huron County residents to test for radon.
In fact, November is Radon Action Month. Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. Long-term exposure to radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Canada.
According to Health Canada, 11% of randomly tested homes in Huron County tested above the Canadian Radon guideline in 2012.
“The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it,” says Public Health Inspector Chris Boyes. “Fortunately, it’s not difficult or expensive to test for radon. Taking measures to reduce radon from your home could greatly benefit your health.”
Radon test kits are available for purchase at most major hardware stores. Health Canada recommends homeowners do a long-term radon test, for a minimum of three months, during the fall or winter months. The detector should be placed in the lowest level of the home (where homeowners spend a minimum of 4 hours per day) to get the most accurate results.
For more information on radon and radon testing, call the Huron County Health Unit at 1.877.837.6143 or visit huronhealthunit.ca.
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