Radon Action Month – November 2018
November is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the ground and is found in every home, though not always at elevated levels. Many Canadians may be unaware of the risks that radon can pose to their health.
Here in Canada, our homes are well sealed to keep us warm in the winter, which can cause radon concentrations in our homes to build up to dangerous levels. Over time, exposure to elevated levels of radon can cause lung cancer. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and kills more than 3,200 Canadians each year.
Since radon has no smell, no colour and no taste, the only way to know whether you have a high level in your home is to test for it. You can purchase a simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself test kit online or through your local community health organization. You can also hire a certified radon professional to conduct the test for you.
Health Canada is working alongside several partners to raise awareness and inform Canadians about the simple actions they can take to reduce their risk from radon exposure.
I strongly encourage you to test your home for radon and, if levels are high, to take action to protect yourself and those you love.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
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