Editor’s Note: The Current’s owners lived for many years in an area of the United Kingdom that was high risk for radon and urge readers to familiarize themselves with its potential harm to both their health and property values.
With many Canadians spending extra time at home this year because of COVID-19, and with cooler weather is settling-in, it is more important than ever that all Canadians know what their home radon level is and ensure the air they breathe is healthy.
To address Canadians’ questions about radon and how to protect their health, Take Action on Radon, a national health coalition, is hosting a free interactive webinar with radon experts on November 19, at 1 p.m. EST in English and on November 20, at 1 p.m. EST in French.
The event, taking place during Radon Action Month, will include specialists from Health Canada, Simon Fraser University, and the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program. They will answer Canadians’ questions ranging from the impact of radon on their health to how to test their homes and reduce their risk of radon exposure. To register for the FREE webinar Click HERE to visit TakeActionOnRadon.ca
Radon is an odourless, tasteless, and colourless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. A 2018 study commissioned by Health Canada found that only 6 percent of Canadians have tested their home for radon.
In Greater Madawaska (Calabogie area), more than 41 percent of homes have a radon level higher than the Canadian standard. The results of the 2019 Radon Test Kit Challenge Community Report are available from TakeActionOnRadon.ca
Radon Awareness Month aims to create awareness of the health risks associated with exposure to elevated levels of this harmful gas and to encourage Canadians to test and take action on radon.
Taggart,V.(2020,Nov.12) Radon Action Month Interactive Event Addresses Canadians’ Most Pressing Questions; Greater Madawaska Residents Urged to Test Homes for Radon [media release]