What is Radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs when uranium in soil and rock breaks down. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it. In enclosed spaces, such as a home, it can accumulate to dangerous levels.
Radon Health Effects: After smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in Canada.
Radon Entry into the Home: Radon can enter anywhere a building comes into contact with the soil. This may include the following:
- Construction joints
- Window casements
- Floor drains
- Cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs
How do I know if my home has radon? The only way to know if your home has radon is to TEST. Testing is the first step before making a decision to mitigate your home's radon level. Testing is simple and low cost. The BC Lung Association recommends you test your home's radon level in the winter months when your home is "sealed-up."
Where do I get a Radon Test Kit? Northern Health sells long-term radon test kits, which can be purchased for $25 each from the Smithers Health Unit, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please see the links below:
- Northern Health: https://northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/EnvironmentalHealth/Radon.aspx
- BC Cancer Association: http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/be-aware/harmful-substances-and-environmental-risks/radon/?region=on
- BC Lung Association: www.radonaware.ca
- Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/radiation/radon_brochure_profession/index-eng.php