Radon is an invisible, odourless, and tasteless radioactive gas that is found naturally in soil and rock from the breakdown of uranium. Radon gas can get trapped in the home, posing a health risk to you and your family. All homes have some level of Radon and the only way to know how much radon is in your home is to test for it. There is also no safe level of radon exposure, however the longer you are exposed to high levels of radon, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.
Long-term exposure to high levels of radon can lead to lung cancer making it the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) overall. One Albertan is diagnosed with radon related lung cancer every day, and it is estimated that 3,200 deaths every year in Canada are because of radon. People who smoke AND are exposed to high levels of radon have an even greater risk of lung cancer.
To inquire about having a Radon Information table at your community event, contact us!
For several years, we have partnered with businesses to educate homeowners about the risks of radon. The Tackle Radon Campaign features well-known professional football players who will promote lung health through an online and media presence that challenges people to test and reduce radon levels in their homes. The Ambassadors will tell the stories of people who have been impacted by lung cancer caused by radon.
Radon Screening Kits – Library Lending Program
The screening kits are free and can be checked out at your local library. The kits are for initial screening only. Long-term radon testing, for 3 months, is required after the screening to get an accurate annual average radon level in a home. Each of the kits available explains the basics of radon, how to use the screening kit, and what to do after completing the screening test. Ask your local library if they offer the kits.